Serena Williams opens up about postpartum depression and hopes for her daughter
Even the G.O.A.T. deals with this common condition.
Serena Williams may be a superstar, a designer, and the G.O.A.T., but she’s also a new mom to her 8-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.
She’s currently gracing the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and she recently opened up to the magazine about her struggle with postpartum depression.
“Honestly, sometimes I still think I have to deal with it,” she said. “I think people need to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester, it’s part of the pregnancy.”
Even someone as together as Williams admits she had a hard time adjusting to the emotional roller coaster that followed her daughter’s birth.
“I remember one day, I couldn’t find Olympia’s bottle and I got so upset I started crying because I wanted to be perfect for her,” she explained. “I hope I am, and I’m going to strive to be the best mom I can be.”
Even though Serena Williams has high hopes for her daughter, those plans don’t necessarily include following in her footsteps.
“I don’t know any player who would say they want their kid to play tennis,” she said.
“Outside of the Mandarin tutor and the French tutor, which I’m really serious about, and of course ballet, I have no dreams for her…I want to let her do whatever she wants to do, as long as it’s positive. Always try to be an addition to society, not a subtraction.”
The Being Serena star also revealed that she’s definitely down for more kids.
“If I wasn’t playing tennis, I’d be pregnant right now – sorry, I’m one of those women…I’ve been injured so many times, and played on it, my body is used to adjusting,” she revealed.
“I told Alexis, I hope it’s another girl. Olympia needs a little sister, and then we can have a boy. I’ve only been around girls my whole life.”