Serena Williams on Postpartum Depression: ‘I Felt Like I Was Not a Good Mom’

“I’m here to say: If you’re having a rough day or week—it’s ok, I am too! There’s always tomorrow.”
ByLaurie Ulster
Contributing Writer
Published
Aug 2018
tennis player Serena Williams looking upset
Photo: Getty Images

In an emotional post on Instagram yesterday, tennis superstar and multiple Grand Slam title winner Serena Williams revealed she’s dealing with postpartum depression–and that sometimes it gets the best of her.

She shared the post in the hopes of helping others who are going through the same thing. Whether you’re at home with your family or out there training for world class tennis tournaments, the struggle is the same.

In a post any new mom can relate to, Williams wrote, “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.”

We’ve all been there. All the advice in the world can say we should take time for ourselves, but when we do, we often feel like we’re letting our kids down.

“It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby,” Williams posted. “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.”

She included a striking photo of herself in silhouette, standing on rocks on the beach as the sun was going down, and some advice for others experiencing PPD.

“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.”

She wraps it up with some words of comfort.

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

If you’re struggling with PPD, or think you might be, learn more about what it is and how to get help.

Victoria’s Secret Model Explains How PPD Can Be ‘Spiraling’ for New Moms

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
06/24/2019

Photo Shows How Postpartum Depression Changes Day to Day

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
05/09/2017

Dads Get Postpartum Depression Almost as Much as Moms, Study Says

Laurie Ulster
Contributing Writer
Published
07/31/2018

Q&A: I Have Postpartum Depression, Should I Wean?

Jeanne Cygnus, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Specialist

Mom Sums Up Postpartum Depression in One Raw Instagram Photo

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
02/22/2018

We're Failing New Moms by Not Screening Better for Depression, AAP Says

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
12/18/2018

Avoiding Postpartum Depression

Shoshana Bennett, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

A Text a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor

A Drug for Postpartum Depression Could Be on the Market by 2019

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
02/20/2018

Empowering Campaign Wants Struggling New Moms to Know They're Not Alone

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
10/10/2018