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Serena Williams Opens Up About Traumatic Birth

11 January 2018

Back when Serena Williams originally announced her baby's arrival, via social media postings with her husband Alexis Ohanian in September, she said in a video, "We had a lot of complications, but look what we've got".

She told the publication that the problems began after Alexis Olympia's heart rate started to drop during her delivery and it was decided that the best option would be to have Serena undergo an emergency c-section. "And then everything went bad". They then performed the scan to find multiple blood clots in the tennis star's lungs. "I was like, a Doppler?"

The ultrasound revealed nothing, and according to Vogue, Williams reiterated: "I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip". Still, a six-day medical crisis followed.

Serena, who has a history of blood clots, had to go off of her daily anticoagulant medication because of her C-section. Then doctors discovered a large clot in her abdomen. "Serena came home a week later only to find that the night nurse had fallen through, and she spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed".

As if that wasn't already enough of a reference to the Princess of the Amazon, she was also seen inside the private jet with a golden crown illustrated on her forehead. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who Williams married in November, told Vogue he was happy to step in and take care of baby duties while Williams rested.

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"I really believe that we have to build each other up and build our tour up", she said. Recalling the moment newborn Alexis was placed on her chest, Serena said, "That was an unbelievable experience", adding, "And then everything went bad". "Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it".

The tennis ace said she has lost count of the number of times she has broken down in tears since becoming a mother to baby Alexis and that the emotions are "insane". "No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry", she said.

"I absolutely want more Grand Slams", Williams said.

"Knowing I've got this attractive baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match", she explained.

The tennis star, 36, informed docs that she thought she was having another pulmonary embolism, a blockage in an artery of the lung.

Serena Williams Opens Up About Traumatic Birth