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From the Tennis Court to Cradling Her Child, Serena Williams Feels the Weight of Being a Mother: ‘The Struggle Is Real’

Motherhood is no easy feat, and when you compound the never-ending duties of nurturing a child with the schedule of an professional athlete such as Serena Williams, the struggle to do it all is nothing short of overwhelming.

The first-time mother is never short of words when gushing about the little love of her life, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., but in a moment of transparency, the world-renowned tennis player shared a message to mothers like herself who feel the weight of ‘being superwoman’ in their everyday lives.

Serena and daughter Olympia
Serana Williams gets real about the struggle of being a superstar athlete and juggling motherhood. @serenawilliam/Instagram

In getting real about her experience as a working mom she wrote Friday on Instagram, “I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going. I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out. I’m proud to be this baby’s mama.” In the photo Williams cradles her sleeping daughter while gazing away from the camera.

Women flooded the candid photo with comments of gratitude and sisterhood.

“Thank you for this! Feeling it extra hard today being a working mom”

“So true. We mothers are warriors,” and “Thank your bringing some realness to this very superficial World we live in,” wrote two people.

“Yessss! The struggle is REAL!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤗 “

“Working moms are expected to work like they’re not mothers, and then other like they don’t work. You’re not alone ❤️ “

Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit, welcomed their daughter into the world in September 2017, just two months before they wed in New Orleans.

Training to compete against the biggest names in tennis may require incredible endurance and strenuous training, but when it comes to falling for and loving Ohanian things are simple.

“Alexis doesn’t dim my light,” she told Allure magazine in an interview published in February 2019. ”He doesn’t try to dim my light. He puts me in the light, even if I don’t want to be. He pushes me to further points I never thought about.”

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