No matter who you are, motherhood can be a difficult journey and Serena Williams is opening up about her own challenges as a new mom.
The tennis superstar took to Instagram on Monday to share with fans that she’s been struggling with “postpartum emotions”.
“Last week was not easy for me,” she wrote in a caption. “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,” she continued. “I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal.”
The CDC reports that one in nine women suffers symptoms of postpartum depression, with estimates increasing to one in five in some states. The National Institute of Mental Health adds that symptoms of postpartum depression can last for months or years if left untreated.
Williams added that “it’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby,” reflecting on her busy schedule and the work she has to do as an athlete.
The tennis superstar said that while she spends tons of time with her daughter, she just doesn’t feel like it is enough.
“Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether [you stay at home] or [work], finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes,” she wrote.
In the emotional post, Williams also encouraged fans to remember that while there are sure to be tough weeks or days, “[t]here’s always tomm!”
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