Serena Williams Gets Honest About Childbirth, Looks Forward to Getting ‘Mind and Body Back’ in 2024

The tennis champion welcomed her second baby girl in August.
Serena Williams

Serena Williams.

Tennis pro Serena Williams is a super mom. The 23-time Grand Slam singles winner recently welcomed her second daughter, Adira, in August, and she’s keeping it real about her postpartum struggles and the realities of motherhood.

The 42-year-old shares her newborn and her older daughter, Olympia, with husband Alexis Ohanian.

In a new TikTok, the three-time SI Swimsuit model filmed herself holding her baby girl Adira close to her chest as she wore a nursing bra and tank top. She laughed with a friend off-camera and began to take off her wig, which was already slipping away.

“That’s the video. That’s the shot,” the person filming said, and noted that Williams was given the CFDA Fashion Icon Award in November. “That’s coming home from winning Icon of the Year.”

Williams slowly rocked her daughter back and forth and let out a big sigh of relief at the end of the clip. A pump and heated blanket were propped up on a table in front of her.

“My 2023 included having a baby. After having a baby it kind of feels like you got hit by a bus. Not only your body, but your mind too. (well, at least for me) Here’s to 2024! …… And getting my mind and body back!” Williams candidly captioned the video.

“Congrats on the new addition 😍 wishing you REST and recovery this new year ❤️,” actress Kerry Washington commented.

“That face. that sigh. that giggle,” one fan, clearly familiar with the feeling, wrote. “Postpartum summed right the hell up! exhausting and exhilarating.”

“Thank you! Finally a REAL recap video! You are the GOAT! 🔥❤️,” someone else chimed.

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.