EXCLUSIVE: Serena Williams Lives for Pal Kelly Rowland's Pregnancy Book: 'I Study It. I Highlight Things in It'

by Ann Donahue 12:34 PM PDT, July 12, 2017
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Serena Williams is getting through her pregnancy with a little help from her friends.

Williams, 35, is expecting her first child with fiance Alexis Ohanian, and on Wednesday revealed that she's turned her friend Kelly Rowland's book, Whoa Baby! A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened), into her own personal study guide.

"It's just raw," Williams said, as part of an interview on behalf of her sponsor, Tempur-Pedic. "It's everything that no one wants to tell you. I highlight things in it. I study it. It's been really, really, good for me." 

In an exclusive interview with ET about the book in April,  Rowland said that all moms "love doesn't matter if you're a celebrity mom or a mom that is a stay-at-home mom...we're all in this together."

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Earlier this year, Williams debuted a series of advertisements for Tempur-Pedic, and says now that she's pregnant, she truly appreciates the power of sleep. "Sleep, I hear, has been really awful for a lot of people, but for me it's been amazing," she says. "I watch tutorials of how [pregnant women] have to set up the pillows, and I'm like, 'Wow, I don't have to do that at all.'"

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Another star of the advertisements -- and Williams' Instagram -- is her stuffed monkey, Max. "Max was so excited to be in the commercial," she laughs. "He was ready. He was smiling the whole time."

How cute is Max? 🐵🐒

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So is Williams going to pass Max down when the baby arrives? "I've thought about that, and I think I'm going to keep him," she says. "But maybe, one day, if I ever grow up, I'll pass Max onto the baby." 

To see Williams and her bump practicing on the court, watch the video below: