Serena Williams gets real about motherhood
Serena Williams (36) will be back on the tennis court soon! You will see her at the 2018 US Open. But the most important revelation was her pregnancy. She and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, a year ago during the 2017 tournament. Now she is preparing for her comeback tour and is speaking honestly about her struggles with balancing motherhood with the career. She confessed that it’s "difficult to leave" her daughter.
Williams said "I dedicated that to all the moms out there who've been through a lot. 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."
"I still have to learn a balance of being there for her, and being there for me."
"I'm working on it. I never understood women before, when they put themselves in second or third place. And it's so easy to do. It's so easy to do."
Williams also talked about breastfeeding her daughter for eight months despite her training and how her male coach told her to stop nursing and get back to the game.
"It's absolutely hard to take from a guy, He's not a woman, he doesn't understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her."
"I've spent my whole life making everyone happy, just servicing it seems like everyone. And this is something I wanted to do."
"I looked at Olympia, and I was like, 'Listen, Mommy needs to get her body back, so Mommy's going to stop now.' We had a really good conversation. We talked it out."
Serena Williams on social media
The star revealed that she also became a prey of social media pressure after her daughter was born.
"I hated that I fell victim to that. It puts a lot of pressure on women, young and old."
"There are different levels of it. There is your 'look at me, I've-bounced-back-in-three-weeks' celebrities, like Kim Kardashian."
"And then there are the ones that worry me more - the ones I feel myself being sucked in - who talk the talk, but are still selling something."
"After you have a baby, you are really vulnerable. Definitely you are more likely to compare yourself to other mums, and unfortunately, Instagram is the perfect tool to allow you to do that. It preys on insecurities."
Serena Williams - difficult birth
After Selena's daughter’s birth via emergency cesarean section, the tennis star had a near-death experience along with pulmonary embolism.
It forced her to spend the next six weeks in bed.
Serena Williams returns to tennis
She returned to tennis after a 14-month absence at the BNP Paribas Open.
Within one match she became the first mother to win Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.
SERENA WILLIAMS moves in to R2 at the WTA Premier Event in Cincinnati with a thumping 61 62 victory over Daria Gavrilova from ??! ???— tennis news chan 1 (@tennisnewschan1) 14 sierpnia 2018
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"I’m not done yet, simple. My story doesn’t end here."
"Nothing about me right now is perfect. But I'm perfectly Serena" she adds.