By Chinenye Onukwubiri
Soon-to-be-mum Serena Williams is cover star for the latest Stellar magazine.
The tennis star is expecting her first child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian and recently held her 50s themed baby shower attended by stars.
She spoke to stellar magazine about thoughts on feminism, fear and starting a family.
“I don’t think watching birthing videos helps,” she says, “I actually think it makes it worse. Having a baby, nothing is guaranteed.”
It preys on her mind, Stellar magazine reports. And it comes up again when she’s talking about how motherhood might affect her tennis.
“That’s the scariest thing. [But] I think [giving birth] will give me more strength, if that’s possible, and a lot more confidence. I feel like I will be ready for anything. I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth],” she says in her soft, breathy voice.
“I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through,” Williams said.
She and Ohanian are reportedly to marry in the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn, as they expect their child in early September.
Like most women on the threshold of parenthood, she’s thinking — and worrying — about the kind of mother she’ll be.
“I always want to be the best at what I [do], so I am a little nervous,” she says.
Serena is also open to allowing her own children be whatever they want to be, saying:
“Whatever they want to do, they can do. If they want to be a piano player, I’m here to support them. I’m not going to say, ‘You have to play tennis.’ I wouldn’t even put a tennis racket in their hand. That may be a little bit of pressure. What they want to do is up to them.”
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