Childbirth is one of the more beautiful things to witness and experience in life. Although it’s a miraculous gift, it does come with a cost. Pregnancies often involve some complications, whether it’s during or after, which can be challenging to endure at a time like that. Even for a world champion.
Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player, believed to be the number one of all time by some people. She has won the second most major professional championships for women and is still competing at the highest level. The world-class athlete stepped away from the court this past year to embark on a new journey to becoming a first-time mother.
On September 1st, 2017, that dream became a reality, as she and her husband Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit, welcomed a baby girl into the world. After a fairly routine pregnancy, little Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born, however, with welcoming celebrations of the birth, came uninvited complications.
The tennis star revealed the struggle that ensued when it came time for delivery, in a recent article with Vogue. As the contractions began, it is reported that the to-be-born Alexis’s heartbeat plunged. After undergoing an emergency C-section, Serena had encountered another scare, in what could’ve been a potentially fatal complication: blood clots. Just a day later in the hospital room, she began to gasp for air, and requested an IV with heparin, which is a blood thinner, and a CT scan for clots.
Unfortunately, many small blood clots were detected in her lungs, and she had to be put on medication. Additionally, her C-section wound re-opened due to a coughing fit because of the clots in her lungs. As you can imagine, this was an immensely difficult time for Serena following an already worrisome delivery. After another required surgery to correct the issue, it was found that she had further clotted blood in her abdominal tissue. Still, there was more work to be done. A filter now needed to be inserted into a major vein, to prevent further clotting in her lungs.
After a challenging time at the hospital, Serena had won the battle and returned to her Florida home with her new family. Although it brought her peace and allowed her to rest in the comfort of her own home, the cries at night didn’t. She had struggled with her emotions at night, with the cries of her daughter, and the guilt that would follow for being angry about it. This was something that, just like every other set of parents before them, they had to conquer and get past together, on the road to starting their new family.
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