Being a new mum is not a joy ride and Serena Williams is coming to terms with the fact. The tennis pro, who welcomed her first child with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in September, recently shared her motherhood agonies on Instagram, and looks like her fans were more than happy to help.
"Teething - aka the devil - is so hard," Williams shared alongside a picture of her three-month-old daughter, who seems to be struggling through teething.
"Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep,"the 36-year-old first-time mother wrote. "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."
Williams finally turned to fellow mums on social media for advice, writing, "I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I'm so stressed. Help? Anyone??"
No sooner had the mother-of-one shared the post online than her seven million plus followers rushed to her rescue, bombarding the comments section with a range of motherhood advice.
"A big carrot. And let her bite on it," one user wrote, as several others followed suit to share their personal remedies during their baby's teething. "Plain frozen mini bagels. She can chew them and it dissolves in her mouth so no choking. Messy but so effective," a second user advised.
Another Instagram mum chimed in, writing, "Freeze the teething toys. The cold feels good on her sore gums."
"Try water popsicles Serena. That feels good on the gums," added someone else.
It looks like Williams' motherhood struggles hit close to home for many of her social media followers, who went on to share some personal anecdotes.
"I know the feeling of being a mummy and needing your own mummy to come and rescue you. Mums are the best," an experienced fan commented, while another shared concerns for the baby. "Are you sure she is being well nourished, and satisfied with breastfeeding, she is kinda small, 3 mos. is really early to be teething (sic)," the comment read.
This, however, is not the first time Williams has turned to the internet for solutions. When the athlete shared her breastfeeding experience on Twitter sometime back, she received touching messages including from A-listers like Audra McDonald.
"I nursed my older daughter until she was almost 2. Still going with my 1 year old right now. You'll know when it's time to stop. Enjoy! She is beautiful!" the Broadway star tweeted.