Serena Williams wants you to know that it is okay to have hard days. The tennis star took to Instagram on Monday to share her truth about postpartum depression and how it was affecting her life.
“Last week was not easy for me,” Serena began. “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 went on to tell her social media fans, “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.”
Serena Williams has been with her daughter, Alexis Olympia, every day since the little one was born. Still, the tennis star was training the day that little Alexis took her first steps and, hence, missed that precious moment.
“I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be,” Serena told her Instagram followers on Monday. “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,” she added.
Serena ended her candid note by telling those going through a rough patch that the feeling is mutual and normal. “If you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too,” she wrote. “There’s always tomm!”
Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., is Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian Sr.’s only child. Stay tuned for more celebrity mom news!