Serena Williams Reveals She Had Blood Clots After Giving Birth


In the cover story of Vogue's February issue, Serena, 36, reveals that her daughter was born by emergency caesarean after her heart rate dropped dangerously low.

Williams - who has withdrawn from next week's Australian Open as she attempts to return to her best form - revealed she had blood clots after baby Alexis Olympia was delivered on September 1 past year via emergency C-Section.

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Williams also told Vogue about her first few months of motherhood, confessing, "No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry". "I'm not sure why we think that way, but I know that we're sometimes taught to not dream as big as men, not to believe we can be a president or a CEO, when in the same household, a male child is told he can be anything he wants".

"Knowing I've got this handsome baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match". Doctors say Williams' experience should remind women to take care of themselves during pregnancy. Obeying her request for the scan, the medical team found several small blood clots in her lungs and immediately began the medication. She attributes much of her ups and downs to the insane hormonal changes which she says constantly makes her emotions go haywire.

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Then her C-section scar split open due to coughing brought on by the embolism.

What followed was a traumatic six-day a pulmonary embolism (when arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot) that led to multiple surgeries and complications.

Williams went home a week later, but was unable to leave her bed for six weeks. It was an experience that really exhausted Williams. Williams returns to tennis in March. She recently lamented the prospect of having to stop breastfeeding and how awful teething is.

"I was happy to change diapers", Ohanian said.

Serena told the fashion bible she has a history of blood clots and lives in fear of them returning.