Why Serena Williams Thought It Was ‘Cool’ That She ‘Had a Stomach’ After Delivering Her Daughter

Serena Williams is unapproachable of a approach her physique altered not usually in pregnancy or months after childbirth, though directly after her daughter arrived.

The tennis champion and mom to 16-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia non-stop adult to Allure in her cover story for their Feb Body + Mind emanate about how she was “feeling flattering good about [her] body” — an opinion that didn’t stop after Olympia was born.

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“After we came out [of a hospital], I had a stomach, though I thought, ‘This is kind of cool. we have a stomach since a baby was there,’ ” recalls Williams, 37.

Now, as distant as her aptness is concerned, “I worked hard during it in a past 8 months to get behind from a baby,” she tells a magazine. “It hasn’t been easy. I’m not 21 anymore. But we did it delayed and steady.”

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That appreciation for a implausible pursuit her physique did in delivering her initial child plays ideally into what a 23-time Grand Slam champion wants to learn her baby lady about strength.

“I wish her to know that being clever is never easy. Not in this universe we are vital in. … Standing adult for yourself is not going to be easy, though it’s always eventually respected,” Williams opines. “Those are a people who’ve done a disproportion in this world, people that mount adult for what’s right.”

In terms of beauty, “When we tell [Olympia] she’s beautiful, we wish to learn her that she’s pleasing from a inside,” explains a mom of one. “Giving is beauty. Being kind and common is a ultimate beauty.”

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Despite a complications Williams faced after Olympia was innate to her and father Alexis Ohanian (who were married in New Orleans 11 weeks after welcoming their daughter), a contestant “loved being pregnant.”

“I desired all about it,” she says, joking, “I was one of those uncanny people that desired being pregnant. Those irritating people.”

Allure’s Body + Mind emanate is on national newsstands Jan. 22.