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Opinion Pregnancy humbles everyone. Even Serena Williams.

Serena Williams is planning her departure from tennis. Williams has spent her career perfecting not merely her body’s form, but its function. The Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade prompted a renewed conversation about what pregnancy does to the person who experiences it. Williams and her sister, Venus, aren’t merely tennis champions: They are credited with transforming their sport by bringing new athleticism and power to the women's game. And yet, her experiences are stark proof that it's impossible to optimize one's way out of childbirth-related uncertainty. This is true even for women who make careers out of their bodies, as well as women who have been successful in their careers. Williams writes that “if I have to choose between building my tennis résumé

Serena Williams says she wouldn't be writing this if she were a guy. Other famous women have acknowledged finding ways to outsource the work and physical toll of pregnancy. Kim Kardashian hired surrogates to carry her third and fourth children with Kanye West after experiencing preeclampsia.