Saturday 24 March 2018

Can you help Serena Williams? Tennis star pleads for advice on new baby's teething problems

Serena Williams with her daughter Alexis Olympia. Photo: Instagram
Serena Williams with her daughter Alexis Olympia. Photo: Instagram

Helena Horton

Tennis star Serena Williams has been chronicling the trials of caring for a newborn child on her Twitter feed, and has been using social media to ask her followers for help.

Her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, was born in September, and she has begun teething.

Proving motherhood can still be a struggle even if you're one of the world's top athletes, Ms Williams described herself as "so stressed" as she tried to console her baby through the teething process.

She wrote to her ten million followers: "Teething- aka the devil - is so hard. Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep.

"I've tried amber beads... cold towels.... chew on mommies fingers.... homeopathic water (lol on that one) but....

"Nothing is working. It's breaking my heart. I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I'm so stressed. Help? Anyone??"

Her fans and followers often respond to her questions about motherhood with help and support.

When she was asking for teething tips, one follower advised: "Freeze her teething ring and let her bite on that."

Another suggested: "My niece just went through this. We did ice packs, teething gel/rings, and Motrin If the fever was bad. Good news is that it only lasts a short time!"

Earlier in December, the tennis star wrote: "Fellow moms:  How long did you breastfeed? Is it weird that I get emotional when I even just think about when it's time to stop?"

As well as writing about the more taxing moments of childcare, Ms Williams often shares her joy and delight about being a mother, and the family has even made an Instagram account in order to share pictures of the baby.

She tweeted: "Oh gosh. I'm one of those. I just said my baby's "poop don't stink". Proud mom.

"Omg Alexis Olympia is snoring. Omg I can't take it it's so cute. Totally perfect small snore."

Since having Alexis, Serena Williams has been on a break from professional tennis, but she is expected to return at the Australian Open in January.

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