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Serena Williams Opens Up About Emergency C-Section

Serena Williams Opens Up About Emergency C-Section

While she was due to return to the court this January, Williams's comeback has now been delayed until March.

Because she had been taking blood-thinners to dispel the clots, the medication caused bleeding at the site of the Caesarian section. At one point, Alexis Olympia's heart rate dipped so low that doctors needed to perform an emergency C-section.

When the ultrasound showed nothing, Serena was sent for a CT scan, which showed several small blood clots on her lungs and she was quickly placed on a drip.

This year's Australian Open field is wide open following the decision by 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams not to defend her title in Melbourne, saying she was not quite ready to compete after giving birth in September.

Over the following six days, Serena Williams' c-section wound popped open from the intense coughing spells caused by the pulmonary embolism.

"I think having a baby might help".

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The Dane had lost six straight finals before winning the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo a month earlier and she carried that momentum to Singapore before starting the season with a solid showing in Auckland to move up to second in the world rankings. "Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it". When Ms. Williams returned to surgery, physicians also found a hematoma had flooded her abdomen. She wasn't prepared for all the different emotions that came along with being a new mom. I didn't have that", the new mom said, while Alexis pondered: "She's obviously going to have a very special life, but there are enough cautionary tales about kids who grow up in the spotlight.

"This ordeal, as well as the weeks and months after, has made me an even bigger advocate for paid parental leave (not just for my employees-men & women alike-but for all)". No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. "It's been long-established that black women... fare worse in pregnancy and childbirth, dying at a rate more than triple that of white mothers".

"Knowing I've got this attractive baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match".

Williams said that despite the physical stresses from having a baby, she was in a far better place mentally than she'd ever been throughout her career.

"I would hate her to have to deal with comparisons or expectations", she explained. I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately.

She is working on her clothing line and investing in tech ventures owned by women and African Americans as well as continuing her philanthropic efforts focused on children and education. But her labor, delivery, and recovery were anything but easy, and put her life in danger.


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