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Serena Williams says she’s been struggling with postpartum emotions and wants other new moms to know they are “totally normal.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, last Tuesday. She then withdrew from this week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons.

Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom. I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes. I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!

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“Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom,” Williams said in an Instagram post Monday. “I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal.”

The 36-year-old Williams was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. That was just her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby in September and dealing with a health scare related to blood clots.

“It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby,” she added. “Although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes.”

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7 thoughts on “Serena Williams Says She Struggles With Motherhood Like Everyone Else

  1. pac4me on said:

    I am surprised to read all of the negativity regarding Serena’s life. You are assuming that she has a 24 hr nanny. She is a real black woman with real black woman systems. Having a rich husband does NOT conquer everything – she mentally struggles just like the rest of us – she’s not staying at home (she could but has chosen to continue doing what she loves) and this is causing her to be emotional about being a good mother. She chose to share these intimate thoughts as a way of helping some other real black woman – -Dang! Give the real black woman a break!!!

  2. MsqueenD on said:

    Thanks you for sharing Serena. I am sure your testimony will help others. I pray you get the help you need and have a speedy recovery.

  3. csteffie30 on said:

    Richness does not reduce anxiety, she’s like everybody else, just with money, mentioning her white husband is irrelevant to the story.

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      So true Deb. A real black woman who works a real 8-5 five job who’s not a multi-millionaire with around the clock best help that money can buy. A real black woman trying to balance her life with more than one child and don’t have the luxury to stay home get better and not worry about the bills getting paid. A real black woman who’s not married to some rich white boy who can fly her out of the country to eat Italian while the nanny keeps her baby…That’s the real story.

    • Anxiety and depression are not po’ folks diseases. You can be the richest person on earth and still suffer, as evidenced by the fact that more rich people commit suicide than poor people. It’s just ignorance and the failure to educate oneself that perpetuates the belief that as long as you have money, you have no reason to suffer.

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