Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Serena Williams pens emotional message about postpartum struggles: 'I felt like I was not a good mom'


Serena Williams posted a heartfelt message on her Instagram page explaining why she withdrew her name from the Rogers Cup hard-court tournament which is being held in Canada this week.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist revealed that she has been struggling with postpartum emotions.

In a detailed post, Serena wrote, “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.”

The 36-year-old star tennis player gave birth to daughter Olympia on Sept. 1, 2017 after having an emergency C-section.

Serena also stressed that it’s not very uncommon for new moms to feel this way and said, “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!”

To any moms out there ... having a bad day doesn't make you a bad mom! 

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!
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