Serena Williams Talks Pregnancy, Motherhood And Self-Acceptance In Harper’s Bazaar UK

Serena Williams graces the cover of the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK and talks to the magazine about both the joys and struggles of becoming a mother.

The tennis star had her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian in September 2017 but experienced life-threatening complications during the birth, which resulted in an emergency C-section and surgery to prevent blood clots in her lungs.

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Williams is now opening up about suffering from post-partum depression following the distressing birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia and how she is still learning to cope on a daily basis.

“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,” she says.

“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.”

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Despite the difficulty of childbirth, the 36-year-old tells the publication that she loved being pregnant. “If I wasn’t playing tennis, I’d be pregnant right now – sorry, I’m one of those women. I’ve been injured so many times, and played on it, my body is used to adjusting.”

Photo: Harper’s Bazaar UK
Photo: Harper’s Bazaar UK

Williams returned to the tennis court at the French Open this week for her first Grand Slam appearance in more than a year. She will be aiming to take home her 24th Grand Slam singles title at the tournament where she is also playing in the women’s doubles with her sister Venus.

However, tennis comeback aside, Williams is excited to have another child with her Reddit co-founder husband. “I told Alexis I hope it’s another girl. Olympia needs a little sister, and then we can have a boy. I’ve only been around girls my whole life.”

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Elsewhere in the interview, Williams addresses a statement she made back in 2004 about wanting to get down to a size 4. “Oh God, I’ll never be a size 4! Why would I want to do that, and be that? This is me, and this is my weapon and machine,” she says, signalling towards her bicep.

“But I love that I said that, because I can understand. I can show Olympia that I struggled, but now I’m happy with who I am and what I am and what I look like… Olympia was born and she had my arms, and instead of being sad and fearful about what people would say about her, I was just so happy.”

You can read the full interview in the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, on sale May 31.

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