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Fans are applauding Serena Williams for opening up about her postpartum struggles

Andy Roddick also shared his support.

IN A RECENT Instagram post, professional tennis player Serena Williams shared some details about the struggles she has faced since giving birth last September.

Referencing last week’s defeat to Johanna Konta, the 36-year-old said that she’s been in a funk because she worries that she’s not a good mother to her daughter Alexis Olympia.

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 lets 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.

Serena reminded her followers that everyone has rough days, and we all have tomorrow to look forward to trying again.

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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Many people thanked Serena for opening up.

Fans left hundreds of comments, many of which seemed to share the sentiment that this is something that a lot of parents need to read.

Looking back at my younger self when my kids were small, I would tell that young girl: stop analysing everything. All the expectations you put on yourself were unnecessary.

Serena also received a similar response when she posted it on Twitter.

Fellow tennis player Andy Roddick told Serena that she’s a badass.

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