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For Serena Williams, postpartum depression like another trimester of pregnancy

For Serena Williams, postpartum depression like another trimester of pregnancy

Tennis great Serena Williams appeared to be a “super mom,” competing in Wimbledon just months after daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born. But Williams told Harper Bazaar UK magazine recently that motherhood can be hard. She said she still deals with postpartum depression, a form of mental illness that can afflict new moms.

“I think people need to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester, it’s part of the pregnancy,” Williams told the magazine. “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.”

Dr. Janelle C. Cooper, an...

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