The emotions experienced in motherhood are complicated; as such, it is safely safe to refer to it as a “pack of emotional roller coaster.” American professional tennis star, Serena Jameka Williams has revealed that she’s been struggling with postpartum emotions and wants other new moms to know that if they are going through the same emotions, they are “totally normal.”

This comes just a week after the 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered the greatest defeat of her career, a “6-1, 6-0” loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, last Tuesday.

In an emotional Instagram post on Monday, the 36-year-old mom of an adorable baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian revealed she was in a bit of a “funk” last week, and this was because, lately, she’s been feeling guilty.

“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 [tomorrow]!”

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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On Saturday, the first time mom pulled out of this week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons. Now, she speaks about her battles since giving birth to her daughter and working to be the best athlete she can be.

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