Remember the time when the internet lauded tennis star Serena Williams for winning the Australian Open when she was pregnant? Everyone called Serena a superwoman, the best athlete, a wonder woman among many other names.
But the 23-time grand slam winner has withdrawn from the next week’s Australian Open as she revealed that she had blood clots after delivering her baby Alexis Olympia, in September last year. Williams has a history of pulmonary embolism and began to feel short of breath after the birth of her child.
“No one talks about the low moments - the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times. Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, “why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby?” The emotions are insane,” Williams revealed to Vogue.
Now this touches a chord with most mums across the world. Mums who work, manage kids and the house are often asked, “how do you do it?” But little does anyone talk about or acknowledge the struggle or the mountain of guilt that comes along with balancing so many emotions.
So mums, acknowledge your bad days, accept those tiny imperfections and think about the future. Superwomen have bad days too, but they just overcome them. Just like Williams, who now only wishes to be back in the court at Indian Wells in March.
Disclaimer: This article was originally published in hindustan times
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