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Serena Williams opens up about postpartum emotions: ‘I felt as if I was not a good mother’

Serena Williams opened up about her postpartum emotions in an Instagram post Monday.

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Serena Williams is opening up about the challenges of finding a balance between work and private life as a new mother, and faced with a number of her more difficult postpartum emotions.

The tennis pro took to Instagram on Monday to reflect on her return to tennis after the birth of her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, last September.

“Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accept a number of difficult personal things, but I was just in a funk,” wrote Williams, who is the victim of the worst defeat of her professional career with Johanna Konta on the 2018 Silicon Valley Classic a week ago, and recently brought out this year the Rogers Cup tournament in Canada, stating “personal reasons.”

“I felt like I was not a good mother,” she continued in the caption next to a powerful image of themselves standing on a cliff overlooking the ocean, silhouetted by the setting sun.

“I read a few articles that said postpartum emotions may be up to 3 years if not treated. I love communication the best. Talking things through with my mother, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are quite normal. It is quite normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby.”

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“We’ve all been there. I work a lot, I train and I am looking for the best athlete I can,” Williams added. “However, that means although I’m with her every day of her life, I’m not as much as I would like. Most of you mothers deal with the same thing. Or stay-at-home-working or finding that balance with the children is a true art. You are the real heroes.”

Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accept a number of difficult personal things, but I was just in a funk. Usually I felt as if I was not a good mother. I read a few articles that said postpartum emotions may be up to 3 years if not treated. I love communication the best. Talking things through with my mother, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are quite normal. It is quite normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We’ve all been there. I work a lot, I train and I am looking for the best athlete I can be. However, that means although I’m with her every day of her life, I’m not as much as I would like. Most of you mothers deal with the same thing. Or stay-at-home-working or finding that balance with the children is a true art. You are the true heroes. I’m here to say: if you are after a heavy day or week–ok–me too!!! There is always tomm!

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The celebrated athlete ended her emotionally charged and introspective post on a note of support and solidarity, sharing, “I’m here to say: if you are after a heavy day or week–ok–me too!!! There is always [tomorrow]!”

Williams is very open about struggling with “mommy guilt” since her return to the sport she loves after taking an extended leave to give birth to her husband, and Alexis Ohanian the first child.

Last month, Williams revealed that, during the training for Wimbledon, she missed an important milestone in her daughter’s life. “She took her first steps… I was there on the train and missed it,” she tweeted. “I cried.”

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Speaking with ET last year, Williams opened up about the difficulties of a working mother, while also making sure to spend as much time as she could with her little girl.

Family day yesterday. @olympiaohanian that was it. @serena collection top.

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“Working motherhood is real. It is so real. But I have my priorities and Olympia is that,” she shared. “I’m never a day without Olympia. She is my priority, and every day I need to be home with her. I don’t want to miss moments with her.”

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