Serena Williams reveals dramatic health complications after daughter's birth

Jan 11, 2018, 00:27
Serena Williams reveals dramatic health complications after daughter's birth

According to her interview with Vogue, Williams suffers from a history of blood clots.

Williams revealed she had blood clots after baby Alexis Olympia was delivered September 1 via emergency C-Section.

Serena underwent several surgeries and was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.

In the days that followed Williams, 36, began experiencing shortness of breath and she instantly thought blood clots were the culprit (Williams battled a pulmonary embolism in 2011). Not only that, but her c-section scar burst open, whereby doctors discovered that a large hematoma 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 letdown every time you hear the baby cry", Williams said. I've broken down I don't know how many times. "I think having a baby might help".

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

"To be honest, there's something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco and just being a mom", she says. Though she recently withdrew from the Australian Open, saying she "will need a little more time" to return to top physical shape, she already has her eye on a 25th Grand Slam title, which would break the current world record of 24. "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", she explained.

The Grand Slam tennis champion even channeled her inner Wonder Woman as she had a red cape illustrated on her back as she moved and grooved to the sounds of NERD and Rihanna track Lemon. "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 handsome baby?' The emotions are insane". I don't play to be the second best or the third best. "After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said in a statement released by Australian Open organizers.

"I want them, but I don't need them", she said.

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