Now, for the first time since, Williams is opening up about her birth experience - and the complications that followed. At one point, Alexis Olympia's heart rate dipped so low that doctors needed to perform an emergency C-section.
Unfortunately, the day after giving birth, Williams experienced shortness of breath and as a result of her history with blood clots, she assumed that this was due to another pulmonary embolism and alerted a nurse.
Williams said she told a nurse she needed a CT scan and a blood thinner immediately, but the nurse thought the pain medicine had left her confused. Furthermore, Serena's fresh C-section wound had popped open from her coughing fits caused by the pulmonary embolism, and when she returned to surgery, doctors discovered a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen - caused by the lifesaving blood-thinning medication she was taking for her blood clots. Advertisement "If Serena Williams with all her money, power, access, and reach had her voice IGNORED", asked activist Leslie Mac, "What do you think happens to poor, immigrant black women?" .
To prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling into her lungs, Ms. Williams told Vogue she underwent another surgery to have a filter inserted into one of her veins.
The tennis ace, who delivered a baby girl, named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on September 1 past year, recently shared about post-delivery complications that made her bed-ridden for more than a month.
"On top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder", Ohanian told Vogue of his wife.
Despite her self doubts, and her serious medical complications, Serena and Alexis are considering more children, yet say they "are in no rush".
Serena revealed that she spent the first 6 weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.
Serena Williams has her sights set on "25"-meaning 25 Grand Slam victories (she now has 23), according to her interview in the February edition of Vogue". "Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it". "I'm so glad I had a daughter", says @serenawilliams. "That's a different feeling for me". I guess that's just who I am. "(The) incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry ...
Williams loves her daughter and wants only the best for her in life.
"Knowing I've got this handsome baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match".
Her forced hiatus will extend past this year's tournament after she decided last week that she was not fully match-ready, giving the chasing pack more opportunities to stamp their authority on the women's game. That's why she started training again only in November. I'd like her to have a normal life.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, told Vogue she is determined to win more major titles and surpass the record of 24 Slams held by Australia's Margaret Court.
A casual reader of the only pregnancy book I suggest to friends, "Expecting Better", can easily see that pregnancy recommendations are often based on out-of-date information or the belief that US women about to become mothers are incapable of understanding moderation or ways to mitigate risk during pregnancy and childbirth.