Serena Williams Talks About The Terrifying Issues She Confronted After Giving Start

  • Serena Williams Talks About The Terrifying Issues She Confronted After Giving Start

Serena Williams Talks About The Terrifying Issues She Confronted After Giving Start

The 21-year-old comes into the tournament as the highest-ranked Australian at number 19, having dropped two places from her career-high 17 late last year.

At least, that is her attitude.

But, in an interview with Vogue, Serena opens up about the harrowing ordeal she went through after giving birth to Alexis Olympia in September. If not, let me refresh your memory: This tennis phenom is a 23-time Grand Slam Singles and 14-time Grand Slam Doubles victor who won her most previous Australian Open title while eight weeks pregnant. I'd like her to have a normal life. At one point, Alexis Olympia's heart rate dipped so low that doctors needed to perform an emergency C-section. The surgery was fine, and Olympia's dad was standing by to cut the cord.

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

But then, Serena says, everything went terribly wrong.


But the day after the surgery, Vogue reports that Williams felt short of breath. The Washington Post recently ran a shocking story about the death of one such low-income woman, who most certainly would have had a better shot at life had she been as wealthy and famous as Williams. Knowing her own history, Serena immediately believed she was having a pulmonary embolism.

Serena pulled out of the Australian Open after losing a December exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi. Williams was correct as doctors discovered that she had developed multiple clots in her lungs.

"That was an incredible feeling", Serena recalled. I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige. The ultrasound revealed nothing, but she was sent for a CT scan. Serena was started on an IV of heparin right away.

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Serena was found to have a pulmonary embolism, and the coughing it caused meant her C-section wound burst open.

Despite her self doubts, and her serious medical complications, Serena and Alexis are considering more children, yet say they "are in no rush". The potentially lifesaving blood thinner was causing hemorrhaging at the site of her c-section.

"This is how you know that racism in medicine can impact anyone at any income level", writer Mikki Kendall said.

. And while her story is indeed scary, it's not uncommon.

NPR also reported in December that maternal mortality rates have vastly improved for white women in recent years, but have gotten worse for Black mothers in some states. Williams was able to discuss the trauma of her birth experience from the safety of her living room, but many other American women, especially those also of color, nearly certainly would not have had the same experience.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women with a history of blood clots use an anti-clotting medication to prevent blood clots during pregnancy.