Serena Williams opens up about medical scare after giving birth to baby girl, 
Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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@SerenaWilliams opened up about the harrowing medical ordeal she experienced after giving birth to her first child, saying that meeting her daughter for the first time was “an amazing feeling,” but then “everything went bad.”

Williams revealed that she underwent multiple operations after sustaining a pulmonary embolism the day after she gave birth via emergency cesarean section, in a new interview with Vogue magazine.

The tennis superstar added that she was forced to spend the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.

PHOTO: Serena Williams and her daughter are photographed here by Mario Testino for Vogue magazine's February 2018 cover. (Courtesy Vogue/Mario Testino )
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Serena Williams and her daughter

Williams welcomed her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1, 2017, with her husband @AlexisOhanian, whom she later wed in November 2017.

The tennis superstar told Vogue that her daughter, who she calls Olympia, was born by emergency c-section after Williams’ heart rate dropped dangerously low during contractions.

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Williams added that while she had an easy pregnancy and the c-section went smoothly, on the day after the surgery, she suddenly fell short of breath while recovering.

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Williams, who has a history of blood clots, told Vogue that she immediately knew she was having a pulmonary embolism, and informed her doctors. Doctors eventually spotted several small blood clots in her lungs with a CT scan and put her on a blood thinner.

Her medical ordeal took another turn when her c-section wound popped open during one of her coughing spells caused by the pulmonary embolism. When she returned to surgery, doctors also found a hematoma had flooded her abdomen.

Williams said she then was forced to have another operation to have a filter inserted into one of her veins to prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling into her lungs, according to Vogue.

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In addition to the health complications Williams experienced after giving birth, she also opened up about the “insane” emotions she felt during the first few months of being a mother.

“No one talks about the low moments-—the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry,” Williams told Vogue. “I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times.”

“I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, ‘Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby?’” she added. “The emotions are insane.”

Ohanian said that he thought Williams’ health complications made her first few months of mother hood “even harder.”

PHOTO: Serena Williams is photographed here with her husband Alexis Ohanian by Mario Testino for Vogue magazine. (Courtesy Vogue/Mario Testino )
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Serena Williams is photographed here with her husband Alexis Ohanian

“On top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder,” Ohanian told Vogue of his wife. “Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you’re trapped in it.”

The Reddit co-founder added, however, that he “was happy to change diapers” as his Williams recovered.

Williams added, however, that being a mother has always been one of her goals.

“I look at my baby, and I remember that this was one of my goals before tennis took over, when I was still kind of a normal girl who played with dolls,” Williams said.

“We’re not spending a day apart until she’s eighteen,” the new mother added.

PHOTO: Mario Testino photographed Serena Williams with her daughter and others for Vogue magazine. (Courtesy Vogue/Mario Testino )
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Serena Williams with her daughter and others for Vogue magazine.Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions over the last 15 years from 2002 to 2017. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002. On the sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf for the most consecutive weeks as world No. 1 by a female tennis player. In total, she has been world No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks her third in the Open Era among female tennis players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova. Many commentators, players and sports writers regard her as the greatest female tennis player of all time.  On April 19, 2017, she announced a hiatus from tennis until 2018 because of her pregnancy.

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Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined amongst active players. Her record of 39 Grand Slam titles puts her third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era: 23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She is the most recent female player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (2002–03 and 2014–15) and the third player to achieve this record twice after Rod Laver and Steffi Graf. She is also, together with her sister Venus, the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles simultaneously (2009–10).

Her total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles marks the record for the most Grand Slam wins by a tennis player in the Open Era, and is second on the all-time list behind Margaret Court (24). She is the only tennis player in history (man or woman) to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, and the only player ever to have won two of the four Grand Slams seven times each (seven Wimbledon titles and seven Australian Open titles). She is also the only tennis player to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She has won an all-time record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court. Williams holds the Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open (7) and shares the Open Era record for most titles won at the US Open with Chris Evert (6). She also holds the all-time record for the most women’s singles matches won at the Grand Slams with 316 matches.

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She has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. As a team, she and Venus have the third most women’s doubles grand slam titles, behind the 18 titles of Natasha Zvereva (14 with Gigi Fernández) and the record 20 titles won by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships in the singles division.  Serena has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles and three in women’s doubles—an all-time record shared with her sister, Venus. The arrival of the Williams sisters has been credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour. Earning almost $29 million in prize money and endorsements, Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016. She repeated this feat in 2017 when she was the only woman on Forbes‘ list of the 100 highest paid athletes with $27 million in prize money and endorsements. She has won the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award three times (2003, 2010, 2016), and in December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.