It’s been a little over a year since Serena Williams, tennis player, activist, and all around boss gave birth to her first child — a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Although Williams’ job as a tennis player revolves around her staying active, it took her a while to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight. So, to hear that Serena Williams embraced her body after giving birth, is something that is so incredibly refreshing — and is something that new moms should hear.
In Allure’s newest Body and Mind issue, Williams opened up about both of those things (and motherhood, of course) sharing her own experiences with readers dying to know more about her life as a mom. After Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their daughter into the world in September 2017, Williams was honest about how there was pressure for her body to “bounce back” to her pre-pregnancy weight. She told TIME earlier this August that she “fell victim” to this and the pressure to share it with the rest of the world.
But now, almost a year and a half after giving birth, Williams has a different outlook on her postpartum body. She told Allure that she feels “pretty good” about her body but it took her a while to get to the place she is today.
“I worked hard at it in the past eight months to get back from the baby,” she said. “It hasn’t been easy. I’m not 21 anymore. But I did it slow and steady.” Read more