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Serena Williams may be a champion on the tennis court, but when it comes to motherhood, she's no different than the rest of us.

In fact, Williams opened up in an interview with the Today Show about her struggles with the common issues that many mothers face. 

Not only did Williams endure an emergency cesarean section, she had a near-death experience involving a pulmonary embolism and was forced to spend the following six weeks in bed. 

Like many mothers, Williams also struggled with postpartum depression, especially as she began to leave her baby to resume training on the court. 

Williams has been open about her struggles on her social media, and as a result, has expressed how meaningful the support and feedback from other moms has been: 

“When I missed Olympia’s walking, I posted about it and so many parents wrote in and said, ‘Don’t worry about it, I missed it too,’ ” Williams said in an interview.

The struggles that often come with motherhood are normal; it is OK to miss your baby. This just further proves that even a superstar like Serena Williams has the same struggles as the rest of us moms. 



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