Serena Williams is opening up about her struggles with motherhood, and shared how she has rough days or weeks. In a raw Instagram post, the tennis star wrote, “I felt like I was not a good mom.”

She also wrote that it’s “totally normal” to feel like she’s not doing enough for baby, and that some days and weeks as a mom are “rough.” She applauded moms for constantly playing the balancing act, whether they are working moms, or stay-at-home moms. Williams also shared that she has a good support system, leaning on her mom, sisters and friends when she’s having a tough time.

Thank you, Serena, for being so open and honest about your struggles as a mom. Thank you for sharing your inner-most thoughts, doubts and insecurities about motherhood with all of us. A celebrity like Serena admitting to these feelings puts the spotlight on postpartum mood disorders once again, and helps continue this important conversation.

Last week was not easy for me. 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. 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. 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 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. I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!

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Last week was not easy for me. 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.

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.

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 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.

I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!

As many as one in five women will suffer from some form of depression, mood or anxiety disorder during or after pregnancy. However, many new moms don’t realize that postpartum depression can occur any time after giving birth.

If you or someone you know is having feelings of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in things you used to once enjoy, please see a medical professional.

Author

Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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