Serena Williams on pregnancy, labour, motherhood
Serena Williams, one of the greatest athletes of all time, is also a new wife and a new mum.
Serena gave birth to her little one, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr on September 1st 2016, with husband Alexis Ohanian, and now both mum and daughter are gracing the front cover of the February issue of Vogue.
In her cover story, Serena tells how she had an enviably easy pregnancy, followed by an emergency C-section after her daughter’s heart rate dropped dangerous low during contractions. The procedure was a success and the newborn was laid skin-to-skin on her mother’s chest, ‘that was an amazing feeling’, Serena remembered.
The next day, however, whilst recovering in hospital, the tennis star who has a history of blood clots, realised that she was having another pulmonary embolism. She had been off her daily anticoagulant regimen due to the surgery and a CT scan revealed that she had small blood clots on her lungs. Following this, after a coughing fit, her fresh C-section wound opened up and when she returned to surgery, the medical staff found a large hematoma in her abdomen.
After another round of surgery to have a filter inserted into a vein to prevent more clots, Serena returned home and spent six weeks in bed.
Those first weeks of motherhood tested Serena, in ways unexpected.
Read how Serena gained her sea legs in the full interview in Vogue here!
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