Serena Williams nearly died after giving birth

Lynette Rowe
January 11, 2018

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.

Williams also revealed that her friends in the world of tennis have been very supportive of her since she announced her pregnancy. "It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25", she said.

The nurse believed that medications might have befuddled Williams, Vogue says, but a doctor arrived - only to perform an ultrasound, and not the CT scan that Williams believed she needed. And while the surgery went smoothly, the six days after proved to be a nightmare.

As if it hadn't already been a traumatic experience for Williams, her C-section wound then broke open due to the intense coughing she was experiencing from the clots. "I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip", she recalled telling medical experts, prior to being sent to have a scan, where several small blood clots had settled in her lungs. She was once again in surgery to have a filter placed into a vein to prevent clots from traveling to her lungs.

Finally, Serena was allowed home, but spent six weeks in bed. "But on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder".

"I look at my baby, and I remember that this was one of my goals before tennis took over, when I was still kind of a normal girl who played with dolls", she smiled.

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"No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry", Williams said.

"I absolutely want more Grand Slams", Williams said. She has also pushed back her return to March.

Williams, who recently announced that she would not be returning to the Australian Open to defend her title, also expressed her huge desire to get back to dominance on the court. "All Vogue covers are special but to share this one with my lovely daughter Olympia Ohanian also the youngest Vogue cover star makes it moment I will never forget". "Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, 'Why do I feel so sad when I have a attractive baby?' The emotions are insane".

Williams initially wanted to return to the Australian Open later this month - which she won previous year while pregnant - but withdrew last week.

"Sometimes I get really down and feel like, 'Man, I can't do this, '" Williams confessed.

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