Serena Williams reveals she had blood clots after giving birth

by Steven Clarke January 11, 2018, 0:27
Serena Williams reveals she had blood clots after giving birth

She had an emergency C-section after her heart rate dropped dangerously low.

Mentioning the names of Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Angelique Kerber, Williams said that it's important for competitors to genuinely care for and respect one another.

'That was an fantastic feeling, and then everything went bad, ' said Williams. Though she's fine now, Serena admits she's always living in fear of blood clots. She had stopped taking her daily anticoagulant regime because of her recent procedure.

According to a profile in Vogue, Williams, who has a history of pulmonary embolism, began experiencing shortness of breath the day after Alexis was born.

"I was like, a Doppler (ultrasound)? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip", Williams said to the team of nurses. Sure enough, the scan revealed several small blood clots were in her lungs. "It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25", she has revealed to Rob Haskell in an elaborate interview for the Vogue.

The ordeal continued for another six days. Her C-section wound, barely beginning to heal, had ruptured due to coughing fits.

She went back to the operating room so doctors could place a filter in a vein to prevent more blood clots.

She had to undergo another surgery, and a week later she finally went home and found she wasn't even able to get out of bed. The crying baby, whose cord was cut by proud father Alexis Ohanian, instantly bonded laying on her mother's chest.

"Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it".

And Williams admitted the first few months of motherhood have been more emotional than she'd expected. No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, told Vogue she is determined to win more major titles and surpass the record of 24 Slams held by Australia's Margaret Court.

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

"And actually, I think having a baby might help".

Williams said she is ready to get back on the court and is expected to return in March for the BNP Paribas Open, also known as the Indian Wells Masters.

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