Serena Williams struggles with ‘postpartum emotions,’ feels like a ‘bad mom’

When tennis legendSerena Williams pulled out of the Rogers Cup on Saturday, August 4, she cited “personal reasons.” Two days later, the 23-time Grand Slam winner elaborated on her decision in an honest Instagram post

“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,” wrote Williams on Monday, August 5. 

The 36-year-old, who welcomed her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, in September 2017, noted that she has read “several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with.” To ease her symptoms, the athlete revealed that she has been “talking things through” with women including her sisters and mother, Oracene Price. 

“It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby,” Williams noted in her post. “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.”

The Being Serena star, who shares her 11-month-old baby girl with her Reddit cofounder husband, Alexis Ohanian, signed off with a message of hope: “I’m here to say: If you are having a rough day or week — I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!”

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Serena Williams and her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
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Serena Williams and her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
My baby is 6 months today. So yummy.
She wanted to dress 80's
Welcome home momma
She's like "Mommmmmmmmmmm my friends are looking" #freshfaces
Just how I look at her
When I first saw this @voguemagazine cover it brought tears to my eyes. All Vogue covers are special but to share this one with my beautiful daughter @olympiaohanian also the youngest Vogue cover star makes it moment I will never forget. The article is a must read. Link in bio
Mommy and me
My mommy loves Snapchat
Mama never sleeps. When she does, I go on adventures with daddy. "Come on!"
My final top 10 moment of 2017. Of course includes @olympiaohanian they say save the best for last. I could not choose so I just choose 10 random videos. They all were so cute to me 🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️
There are so many reasons to quit, but even more to keep playing. Even if you don’t go pro, sports can teach you so much. So keep playing. Link in bio. #sistersinsweat #gatoradepartner @gatorade
Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. You have to check out link in bio for her amazing journey. Also check out my IG stories 😍😍❤️❤️
We clearly don't take enough family portraits. This one's from the honeymoon. @olympiaohanian was not ready for the snap... 😒 2017 was a year to remember for a lot of reasons (good as well as bad) so that they may all serve as motivation, inspiration, and a compass for what we know to be right. These two women are my everything. And the duty I have to them as a husband and a father is the greatest responsibility I'll have in my life; I'm honored to bear it. And I know I'll always find new ways to keep making you, laugh, @serenawilliams. 2018 is going to be a phenomenal year. And may there be many, many more to come. Wherever you are in the world tonight, I hope you're with people you love.
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