Serena Williams on postpartum depression: ‘I wanted to be perfect’

Serena Williams opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression in the July 2018 issue of Harper's Bazaar UK.

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Serena Williams opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression in the July 2018 issue of Harper's Bazaar UK.

Tennis champion Serena Williams is opening up about the difficulties of being a new mother.

In her cover story for the July issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, Williams talked about her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, who is now 8 months old.

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"Honestly, sometimes I still think I have to deal with it," Williams said. "I think people need to talk about it more because it's almost like the fourth trimester, it's part of the pregnancy. 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."

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, 36, gave birth to her daughter via emergency cesarean section. Shortly after, Williams also suffered from a pulmonary embolism, she told Vogue magazine in January.

Williams said that through it all, she believes she has been a good mother to her baby girl.

“I hope I am, and I’m going to strive to be the best mom I can be,” Williams said.

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