Serena Williams is the face of a modern woman – Strong-willed, successful, powerful and independent.
But when the cameras are tucked away and the lights are off, she’s also a woman, a new mother who’s struggling with the ropes of raising a child in a society that’s hell-bent on bringing successful women down.
In a recent interview, Serena Williams got real about the hardships of pregnancy and motherhood, and here’s what we learned:
1. It’s Normal To Feel Frustrated
Asked about the most challenging thing she had to face as a new mom, Williams got candid and said:
“The frustration, and a lot of people don’t talk about it. When the baby starts crying and you don’t know what to do, you get frustrated. I’ve read many articles that say to take deep breaths, and just walk away, then come back. Or to have someone else come help if you can. Because you get frustrated, and you start crying, and you can’t help it. You’re going through stuff emotionally.”
2. It’s Okay To Not Know Everything
During the first few months of being a mother, Williams said that not knowing what her baby wanted added to the frustration.
“Because she doesn’t cry unless something is wrong, and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I would be around her and hold her, and she was fine. But when I walked away, she’d start crying. We couldn’t figure it out, and she literally didn’t sleep all day. It was hard for me to see her in pain. That makes me be in pain.”
3. Lots Of Moms Feel The Pressure To Be Perfect
“No matter how many times people have told me, ‘You don’t have to be perfect,’ and I say, ‘I know that,’ every time [I still feel I] have to be perfect. It’s just what us moms do, which makes me respect moms so much. My mom, and all the women out there who have done it before, I’m just like, ‘Wow, you guys are amazing.’
See? Even super-human Serena Williams has baby problems! If you’re ever feeling down, remember that there are other moms out there who are going through what you’re going through and are willing to help you out.