Serena Williams reveals dramatic health complications after daughter's birth

Tricia Pearson
January 11, 2018

In an interview with Vogue, Williams tells of how things went south following an emergency C-section, leaving her bed-ridden for six weeks.

"She walked out of the hospital room so her mother wouldn't worry and told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away", Haskell writes.

'I was like, a Doppler? "I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip", Williams recalled. Tests revealed she had indeed developed blood clots in her lungs.

"When I first saw this Vogue cover it brought tears to my eyes", Williams wrote on Instagram. But those clots caused coughing fits, which split her still-healing C-section incision.

Serena Williams suffered from a series of scary complications following her daughter Alexis' arrival in September. "The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused".

Serena Williams opened up about her health complications following the days after giving birth to her first child Alexis.

"I was happy to change diapers", Alexis said, "but on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder".

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"No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry", Williams said.

She now has her sights set on a March return at Indian Wells, and fired a warning shot to her rivals. 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. "Knowing I've got this lovely baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match".

"The memory of last year's Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again".

But that's not to be confused with the idea that Serena is anxious about reclaiming her spot as number one when she returns. "I want to teach her that there are no limits".

Williams also revealed that her friends in the world of tennis have been very supportive of her since she announced her pregnancy.

Serena, who last week withdrew from the Grand Slam in Melbourne, said: 'Sometimes I get really down and feel like, "I can't do this".

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