How Not to React to Serena William’s Pregnancy News

In case you missed it, Serena Williams—the greatest athlete ever, according to both a Nike commercial and me—recently shocked the world by revealing she was 11 weeks pregnant when she won this year’s Australian Open back in January.

While the majority of us were busy posting celebratory (and self-deprecating) messages that Serena would never see about the monumental achievement of her record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam win, far too many took a different path. Here’s a quick recap of any reaction that wasn’t simply, “wow, she’s amazing.” (Which, in case you were wondering, was really the correct way to respond.)

So the next time you’re tempted to diminish the achievement of any woman who is growing a human inside of her, don’t. Just say “good job.”


About the author: Anna Gracia is a writer in San Francisco. Her work has been featured on Scary Mommy, Roar, Mock Mom, and more. She writes about movies and the occasional book at You can follow her on Twitter.