Serena Williams on the court (though unfortunately, not in her cat suit). Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Here are three cringeworthy words: "Post-baby body."
You see them everywhere. So-and-so got her "pre-baby body" back (where did it go?). Such-and-such is really working hard on her "post-baby body" (because she doesn't have enough to do).
Which is what makes tennis champ and new mom Serena Williams' take on the whole thing so refreshing.
Williams, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September, is currently competing at the French Open. Her uniform earlier this week: a black catsuit.
"For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy — here you go," Williams tweeted on May 29 along with a photo of her on the court. "If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!!"
Granted, she is a world-class athlete but regardless, we love this positive reclaiming of what a mom should and shouldn't wear on her "post-baby body."
As for that tough recovery, Williams is referring to the near-death experience she had after giving birth to Olympia where she had to convince hospital employees that she was, indeed, experiencing a pulmonary embolism.
Now, less than a year later, Williams is fighting on at the French Open. Beyond serves, she's also fielding the seemingly standard question asked of any new mom: "How are you doing it with a baby?!"
The biggest difference, she says?
She's a little behind schedule.
"I'm semi on time today," she told reporters. "It's because I want to get home to see Olympia, because I have been here all day."
As for how she's playing?
"I'm definitely here to compete."