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Serena Williams holds 23 Grand Slam titles, has won four Olympic gold medals and is basically the most badass athlete ever.

But she’s also a mom (to 11-month-old Alexis Olympia Ohanian) with very relatable postpartum depression struggles, which she opened up about in her latest Instagram post, providing fans with a candid glimpse into her life. She writes, “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,” Williams continues.

“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,” the tennis pro said. She recently posted about missing her daughters first steps because of Wimbledon training, and Twitter had a collective heartbreak.

“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!"

Too true, Serena. Regardless of Olympic-gold-medalist status, everyone is allowed to feel like a bad mom (yep, even in a catsuit).

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