Serena Williams Reveals the Story Behind Her Dramatic Baby Delivery

Australian Open 2018

Australian Open 2018

A very pregnant Williams covered Vanity Fair back in June, shortly after she (accidentally) announced her pregnancy, so (if we want to get technical here) this is little Alexis' second major American magazine cover.

The story she tells of the changes wrought on her life by the arrival of Alexis Olympia, whom she calls by her middle name and husband Alexis Ohanian refers to as Junior, are sweet, but the aftermath of the baby's birth in September was anything but serene.

Despite a seemingly easy nine months of pregnancy (Williams was so careful she would ask 34-year-old Ohanian if she could eat a marshmallow), Williams reveals her daughter was born by emergency C-section after the baby's heart rate dropped dangerously low. Though she's fine now, Serena admits she's always living in fear of blood clots.

To make matters worse, coughing from the pulmonary embolism caused her new C-section wound to pop open and hemorrhage.

Because of the of the ordeal, Williams was forced to be on bed rest for six weeks. "I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip", she recalled of the scary time. As Williams puts it, nearly immediately after Alexis arrived safely into the world, "everything went bad".

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

The severe complications ended when Williams was given a filter through her veins to prevent any potential clots from entering her lungs. The Olympic athlete discussed being a new mom, her recent marriage to baby Alexis' dad and namesake, Alexis Ohanian, and her yet-to-come tennis comeback.

In the accompanying article, Williams gushes about motherhood and her dreams of collecting even more Grand Slams in the future. She had targeted the Australian Open, which she won a year ago while only a few weeks pregnant, but that did not pan out after an exhibition match loss to Jelena Ostapenko last week. "Actually, I think having a baby might help".

"I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige", she said.

'It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes.

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", she said in a statement on Snapchat. I guess that's who I am.

She added, "I've broken down I don't know how many times". "I don't regret it, but it's like Sliding Doors: Go through a different door and lead a different life".

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