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Tennis Star Admits Struggling With Challenges Of Being A Mum

Being a mum can be a very hard job to do – even if you are a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion and your name is Serena Williams.

In a recent Instagram post Serena bravely shared her struggles with post-natal emotions and urged other mums to not suffer in silence.

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She announced that she pulled out of the recent Rogers Cup in Canada after feeling like she was “in a funk” and “not a good mum”.

At the Silicon Valley Classic event, she failed to win at least two games in a match for the first time since she turned professional in 1995, when Britain’s Johanna Konta defeated her with 6-1 6-0.

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“Last week was not easy for me,” she starts her Instagram post. “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 mum."

“I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to three years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mum, 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."

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“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 mums deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the heroes.”

Earlier this year, Serena stunned everyone when she reached the Wimbledon final only 10 months after the birth of her and husband Alexis Ohanian’s daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

She ends her post by reminding struggling mums that there’s always hope. “I’m here to say: If you are having a rough day or week – it’s okay – I am too! There’s always tomorrow.”

Are you struggling with being a mum? Tell us in the comments below.


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