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Serena Williams candidly discusses post-natal depression battle

Serena Williams has candidly discussed her battle with post-natal depression.  

The 36-year-old professional tennis player revealed she struggled with her mood after she gave birth to her daughter Olympia – whom she has with her husband Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian – last September.

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Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, she detailed how a difficult labour led to her lows, such as when she cried her eyes out because she couldn’t find the little one’s bottle.

Tough times: Serena Williams has candidly discussed her battle with post-natal depression

Serena was speaking about motherhood and her early struggles with post-natal depression following baby Olympia’s arrival.

Speaking to the publication, she said: ‘Honestly, sometimes I think I still have to deal with it. I think people have to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester, it’s part of the pregnancy.

‘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.’

Serena admitted that she almost died delivering Olympia as she had to undergo an emergency cesarean section but experienced life-threatening complications, which resulted in surgery to prevent blood clots travelling to her lungs.

On the up: The 36-year-old professional tennis player revealed she struggled with her mood after she gave birth to her daughter Olympia - whom she has with her husband Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian - last September

On the up: The 36-year-old professional tennis player revealed she struggled with her mood after she gave birth to her daughter Olympia – whom she has with her husband Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian – last September

Beloved baby: Speaking to Harper's Bazaar , she detailed how a difficult labour led to her lows, such as when she cried her eyes out because she couldn't find the little one's bottle

Beloved baby: Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar , she detailed how a difficult labour led to her lows, such as when she cried her eyes out because she couldn’t find the little one’s bottle

She said recently: ‘One minute, everything’s going according to plan, and then I’m being wheeled off for surgery. I was terrified, and it was a whole new kind of fear.’

Her husband, Alexis, added: ‘The C-section was low on our wish list because of her history with blood clots. 

‘Any surgery that Serena has is potentially life-threatening. But we decided: “Well, OK, for the safety of mom, for the safety of the baby, we have to proceed with a C-section”.’

And the frightening experience has just pushed her to become the best of the best.

Her darlings: Her husband, Alexis (pictured), added: 'The C-section was low on our wish list because of her history with blood clots

Her darlings: Her husband, Alexis (pictured), added: ‘The C-section was low on our wish list because of her history with blood clots

Moving on: She said recently: 'One minute, everything's going according to plan, and then I'm being wheeled off for surgery. I was terrified, and it was a whole new kind of fear'

Moving on: She said recently: ‘One minute, everything’s going according to plan, and then I’m being wheeled off for surgery. I was terrified, and it was a whole new kind of fear’

She explained: ‘For so many years, I defined myself in just one way: by success, by championships, by making history. And then, all of the sudden, my life changed forever. It wasn’t part of any plan to have this happen, not while I was still on top. 

‘But two years ago, I met this man, almost out of nowhere. We fell in love, and then, this unthinkable surprise. I can’t believe how much went wrong on my way to meeting her. I almost died… 

‘But now, she’s the reason why this all means even more than it did before. Still, there’s no escaping the fear. The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was.

‘The fear that I can’t be both the best mother and the best tennis player in the world. I guess my only choice is to live and find out.’ 



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