In a column published in the magazine’s April issue YOU USthe tennis star looks back on her contrasting pregnancy and the difficult birth of her now 4-year-old daughter Olympia.
Bonding with a child, and particularly with an unborn baby, is far more complex than the collective imagination would have us believe. Tennis champion Serena Williams recalled this with unfiltered testimony about her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter Olympia in 2017, published in the columns of the magazine’s April issue. YOU US .
A feeling that doesn’t come
Even then, the timing wasn’t really good. Two days before the Australian Open, the athlete found out she was pregnant and her body had “already switched sides”. Year after year, the player nevertheless decides to show off her talent for several weeks. Despite debilitating first-trimester symptoms, “headache” and “metallic taste in mouth,” Serena Williams is happy with her pregnancy overall. Just physiological.
“I was nervous when I met my baby,” the 40-year-old recalls. Throughout my pregnancy I never had any connection with her. Even though I loved being pregnant, I never thought, ‘Oh my god, this is my baby. And to add: “Yes, I was a lioness who protected her baby at all costs, but I didn’t have crushes on her.”
We should fall in love from the first second
Serena Williams admits she was impatient to know that famous maternal instinct and wondered when she realized it wasn’t coming. “It’s something that people don’t usually talk about because you’re supposed to be in love from the first second,” she laments. Some relatives will try to ease his fears. “Some of my friends and mothers have told me that they didn’t feel that connection in the womb either, which put my mind at ease even though I was still waiting for it,” she admits.
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These questions end on the day of birth. “When I finally saw her (…) I liked her immediately,” recalls Serena Williams. It wasn’t really instant, but it was there. And from there it just kept growing. I couldn’t stop looking at her, my Olympia”.
After narrowly avoiding death due to postoperative complications related to her C-section, undergoing four surgeries and then being bedridden in the hospital for six weeks, the tennis champion will finally find her husband and child. “Since having my baby, the stakes have changed for me,” she concludes. I have 23 Grand Slams under my belt, more than any other active player. But winning is now a want, not a need. I have a beautiful daughter at home; I still want titles, success and prestige, but I don’t get up in the morning for that anymore.