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Serena Williams Needed Emergency C-Section, Details Health Problems After Giving Birth

Serena Williams revealed that her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, who was born on September 1, 2017, was born by emergency C-section when her heart rate went too low during her contractions.

The 36-year-old tennis star’s delivery went smoothly and hubby Alexis Ohanian cut the umbilical cord.

“That was an amazing feeling,” Serena told Vogue in her cover story. “And then everything went bad.”

The next day, Serena felt short of breath and went to get a nurse. She told the publication she has a history of blood clots, and told hospital staff she needed a “CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away.”

An ultrasound, which the doctors insisted on performing first, found nothing, but later, it was revealed she had “several small blood clots” in her lungs.

But the drama was not over. Vogue reported things went downhill from there: “Her fresh C-section wound popped open from the intense coughing spells caused by the pulmonary embolism, and when she returned to surgery, they found that a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen, the result of a medical catch-22 in which the potentially lifesaving blood thinner caused hemorrhaging at the site of her C-section. She returned yet again to the OR to have a filter inserted into a major vein, in order to prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling into her lungs.”

Finally, Serena was allowed home, but spent six weeks in bed.

Be sure to see the entire Vogue feature, with adorable photos of Alexis Jr!

Serena Williams & Four-Month-Old Daughter Alexis Jr Cover 'Vogue' February 2018!

Serena Williams and her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, 4 months, are on the cover of Vogue‘s February 2018 issue.

In the issue, the 36-year-old tennis all-star posed with the women in her family, half-sister Isha Price, sister Venus Williams, mom Oracene Price, and half-sister Lyndrea Price, as well as her husband Alexis Ohanian. Here’s what she shared with the mag:

On her future: “To be honest, there’s something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco and just being a mom. But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25.”

On the low points of motherhood: “Sometimes I get really down and feel like, Man, I can’t do this. It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am. No one talks about the low moments—the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times.”

FYI: Serena is wearing a Versace dress, Jennifer Meyer earrings, and Eva Fehren bracelet on the cover.

For more from Serena, visit Vogue.com.

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Serena Williams Withdraws from Australian Open After Loss in Abu Dhabi

Serena Williams has decided to withdraw from the upcoming Australian Open, just days after losing in her highly anticipated return to tennis.

The 36-year-old athlete gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia on September 1 and she played her first match back on December 30 in Abu Dhabi.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Serena said in a statement. “My coach and team always said, ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

“With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year,” she added. “The memory of last year’s Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again. I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open.”

Serena Williams Plays in First Tennis Match Since Giving Birth!

Serena Willimas appears to be in great spirits during an exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Saturday (December 30) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The 36-year-old tennis player played in her first tennis match that day after being on a break for nearly a year during her pregnancy and maternity leave.

Serena lost the match to 20-year-old French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

“It’s good to be back on the court,” Serena said after the match, according to ESPN. “This was such a good time for me. First matches back are always super-incredibly hard, especially after having a baby. It was great. I was glad I could do it here.”

Serena‘s husband Alexis Ohanian was at the match and wrote on Instagram, “Mama is back in the office.”

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Serena Williams Reflects on Her Top Moments of 2017!

Serena Williams has had an incredible year and now she’s reflecting on her favorite moments!

The 36-year-old tennis superstar, who married her love Alexis Ohanian and welcomed daughter Alexis, compiled her top 10 moments of 2017.

“This year has been amazing for me. As it comes to its end I want to share 10 personal moments,” Serena wrote.

At the top of the list was the day she found out she was pregnant, writing that she “had to pretend everything was normal but I was dying inside. After all I had a grand slam to play!”

Her other top moments including winning the Australian Open, her bridal shower and her Vanity Fair cover.

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Serena Williams Says Seeing Her Baby Daughter Go Through Teething Is Breaking Her Heart: 'Nothing Is Working'

Serena Williams is having some serious first-time mom struggles!

The 36-year-old tennis star shared an update on Sunday (December 17) about her three-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia.

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“Teething- aka the devil – is so hard. Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep. I’ve tried amber beads…cold towels…chew on mommies fingers…homeopathic water (lol on that one) but nothing is working. It’s breaking my heart. I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I’m so stressed. Help? Anyone??” she wrote.

Fans have been pouring in with suggestions in the comments section for Serena ever since. See her post below!

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