Serena Williams’ Message to Moms
Serena Williams is trailblazing and being Upspoken about her experience making a comeback in tennis while also being a mom to her daughter Alexis Olympia. From her birthing experience, to being a world class athlete and now a mom, Serena is sharing both the highs and the lows. After a traumatic childbirth experience last year, Williams has been battling postpartum depression. Recently, she posted a message on her Instagram opening up about her motherhood struggles and reminding the mothers out there that they are “true heroes.” 😍
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!
Last week Serena graced the cover of TIME Magazine, sharing her story of motherhood with the world. She opened up about life as a tennis legend and a mother, becoming an upspoken voice for mommies everywhere.
Last month, she went to Wimbledon but lost. Yet, mothers everywhere, all around the world cheered her on. And Serena said she was playing for them! “I dedicated that to all the moms out there who’ve been through a lot,” she said in the TIME interview. “Some days, I cry. I’m really sad. I’ve had meltdowns. It’s been a really tough 11 months. If I can do it, you guys can do it too.”
So, we just want to say thank you to Serena; for her honesty and for sharing her experience of motherhood with us all. She is using her platform to push forward a conversation about motherhood where she doesn’t only highlight her best experiences but shares with us the complete picture. By being upspoken about her experience she is helping women who are going through the same thing. And Serena is letting the moms everywhere know that she is just like them!
Read the full story on TIME here.