Tennis champion Serena Williams opened up about her struggle with postpartum depression in a recent Instagram post.
The new mama has been open about the complications surrounding her delivery in the past, telling CNN back in February, “First my C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism. I returned to surgery, where the doctors found a large hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in my abdomen. And then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from traveling to my lungs.”
Now the 36-year-old is telling fans that the cloud of postpartum depression is still hovering around her life, impacting her career and her ability to grapple with motherhood.
“Last week was not easy for me,” Williams wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Continuing, “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.”
Williams’ transparency pulls back the veil between every day moms and moms of economic privilege, revealing both sides of the spectrum share similar pain, grief, and struggles.