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 withdrew from this week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons after suffering the greatest defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, last Tuesday.
Williams said in an Instagram post Monday.
“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 …
“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,” Williams added. “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 [tomorrow]!”