Serena Williams underwent multiple operations, spent six weeks in bed after childbirth

Lawrence Cooper
January 11, 2018

Serena has been open about her easy pregnancy, and was eight weeks along when she won the Australian Open in January, but has now revealed to Vogue magazine that she had a hard labor and Olympia was born by emergency caesarean section because her "heart rate dove dangerously low during contractions".

In the end, Williams had to have a filter inserted into a major vein to prevent any possible clots from entering her lungs, and was forced to go on bed rest for the next six weeks.

Doctors ordered an ultrasound but that turned up nothing, she was then sent for a CT scan which revealed blood clots in her lungs.

But the drama didn't end there and Serena's C-section wound opened, leading to more surgery, whereby surgeons found a large haematoma had flooded her abdomen.

The tennis star gets intimate about recent revelations, discussing the many facets of motherhood, the complications encountered during childbirth, and the goals she's set for her return to the court. No one talks about the low moments -the pressure you feel, the incredible let down every time you hear the baby cry.

Serena appears in a red Versace dress while holding the baby, who is wearing a white bodysuit and touching her mom while making a fist nearly victoriously with her other hand.

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Since then, Serena has even returned to the tennis courts, making her comeback earlier this month. "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 lovely baby?' The emotions are insane", she explained.

"I know that her career might have been different if she had had my health", Serena said.

"Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams", Williams said. "But if there is a clear number one, that's cool, too, because it's like, yeah, I'm gonna come for you", she added.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, gave birth to Alexis Olympia in September.

"I think sometimes women limit themselves", she said. I don't play to be the second best or the third best.

"I really believe that we have to build each other up and build our tour up", she said. "I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately".

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