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Serena Williams says she battled with postpartum depression

Serena Williams talked about her struggle with postpartum depression after she gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia.


Emily Treadgold


Tennis legend Serena Williams opened up about her struggle with postpartum depression and her difficulties with giving birth in a new interview with Harpers Bazaar UK.

 

Her daughter Alexis Olympia, who is now eight months old, changed Williams' life, but some of the moments were more difficult for the new mom.

 

She had an emergency cesarean section during Olympia's birth and had a life-threatening experience with a pulmonary embolism.

I remember one day, I couldnt find Olympias bottle and I got so upset I started crying because I wanted to be perfect for her.

Serena Williams
Harper's Bazaar

The tennis champion says, "Honestly, sometimes I still think I have to deal with it. I think people need to talk about it more because its almost like the fourth trimester, its part of the pregnancy. I remember one day, I couldnt find Olympias bottle and I got so upset I started crying because I wanted to be perfect for her."

 

Williams knows she will be a good role model for her new daughter, telling the outlet, "I hope I am, and Im going to strive to be the best mom I can be."

The athlete wants to make sure that her daughter is confident about her appearance. She gestured to her bicep and says, "This is me, and this is my weapon and machine."

 

"I can show Olympia that I struggled, but now Im happy with who I am and what I am and what I look like," Williams adds. "Olympia was born and she had my arms, and instead of being sad and fearful about what people would say about her, I was just so happy." 

Seeing us off. Flying baby style! @olympiaohanian

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