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Beyoncé and Serena Williams talk candidly about motherhood

OPENING UP: Beyonce and Serena Williams

WHEN YOU think of ‘Black Girl Magic’, the greats Serena Williams and Beyoncé Knowles are undoubtedly some of the first to come to mind.

Both successful in their own rights, Williams a 23 times Grand Slam winner, dubbed the best sportsperson alive and Queen Bee, a singing sensation who is often referred to as the greatest performer of our generation.

On the outside, they may come across as indestructible superwomen, but both admirable ladies have opened up about the trials and tribulations they experienced during their pregnancies.

In a heartfelt post uploaded to Williams’ Instagram account on August 6, the star publicised her struggles.

She said: “Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I was just in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom.”

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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“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.”

Living up to the expectations of being the "best athlete" she can be, Williams says has taken a toll on her relationship with her 11-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

“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 all true heroes,” she added.

Williams concluded the moving post by letting other mothers know, its okay to not be okay. She said: “If you have a rough day or week –it’s ok—I am, too!!!”


MOTHER DAUGHTER TIME: Serena Williams and daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Similarly, in an interview for the September 2018 issue of American Vogue - where Beyoncé made history as the first black woman to take creative direction for the entire shoot and hire a black photographer to shoot the cover for the first time in the publication’s 126-year history – the Everything Is Love songstress spoke about pregnancy and body positivity after giving birth.

She said: "I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on best rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section.”

“Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience. After my C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery."


TWINNING: Beyonce with twins Sir and Rumi Carter

Knowles continued: "Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I need time to heal, to recover."

On her journey to self-love, she added: “To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I'm in no rush to get rid of it.

I think it's real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we were meant to be.”

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