Serena Williams Talks About The Terrifying Issues She Confronted After Giving Start

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

In a new interview with Vogue, Williams says she had an easy pregnancy, but that things started going wrong when she went into labor, resulting in an emergency C-section after Olympia's heart rate dived dangerously low. Fortunately, the surgery went smoothly, and Olympia even stopped crying the moment she was laid down atop her mother. Serena insisted something was wrong, and a doctor was called to perform an ultrasound on her legs. 'And then everything went bad'.

The next day, Williams said she felt short of breath and grew concerned she might be having a pulmonary embolism.

We're so glad Serena Williams recovered, and can share her story with us. 'I was like, a Doppler?

Williams told Vogue that she instructed doctors to give her a CT scan and a heparin (an anticoagulant medication) drip.


The day after the operation, she fell ill and doctors found several small clots in her lungs.

Williams, 36, played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi late last month but pulled out of next week's Australian Open, saying she was "super close" but not at the level needed to compete.

Serena Williams, who is undoubtedly extremely familiar with her body's needs, was doubted by the people who should put her well-being above all.

Following her surgeries, she was forced to spend her first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed. More than half of the country's rural counties don't have a hospital where women can give birth, leading women to travel far distances in order to not only give birth, but also obtain prenatal care. The potentially lifesaving blood thinner was causing hemorrhaging at the site of her c-section.


She was given a drip, but her cough caused complications to her C-section.

"Sometimes I get really down and feel like, man, I can't do this", she said.

Maria Sharapova, however, is the one player who can match Williams' intensity and single-minded desire for success, not to mention her status as a drawcard.The Russian is lurking in the shadows as a major contender as she continues to rebuild her career after a 15-month doping ban after she tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Tennis legend Serena Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes on the planet, and perhaps ever. I'd like her to have a normal life. Serena Williams is just one of many Black moms who experience serious complications during or after childbirth, and is more clear evidence that not enough is being done to make sure Glack moms get the treatment they deserve. Williams now has 23, but she is aware of what's in the record books and wants to win 25.


People are pointing out that, despite her wealth and fame, Williams still had to self-diagnose.

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