One Tuesday (July 10) Serena Williams became one step closer to winning her first major since she has given birth to her 10 month old daughter, Alexis Olympia as she can back from her set down to beat Camila Giorgi to advance in the semi finals. However, mommy guilt is real, no matter what occupation you have. Returning to back to work after birthing and bonding with you gift from God can prove to be stressful and depressing especially if you feel like you will be missing out on your babies first moments. On Saturday (July 7) the tennis player who ranked Number One in singles on eight occasions took too social media to express her sorrow on missing moments from her infant daughters life, “She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried.”
If you are suffering from mommy guilt like Williams and you are experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions, here are a few ways to cope with them while you return to securing the bag.
Fear: It is very common to be scared to part ways with you baby after maternity leave. Try not to worry about what could go wrong. Instead try thinking about all the great memories you have created with your newborn thus far.
Guilt: In those first few moments of being away from your baby you may feel relieved, which can turn into guilt. However, it is okay. You may need a break from your baby and working is a great way to get back to the things that made you happy before your baby.
Depression: You may find yourself crying all the time or you may find yourself not being able to enjoy your baby. This is a very normal thing called postpartum depression. If you experience this, I would advise seeking counseling from a licensed therapist or a support group from other mothers who have experienced the same thing.