Serena has been open about her easy pregnancy, and was eight weeks along when she won the Australian Open in January, but has now revealed to Vogue magazine that she had a hard labor and Olympia was born by emergency caesarean section because her "heart rate dove dangerously low during contractions".
Having struggled with blood clots in the past, Williams recognized a discomfort in her chest.
The nurse believed that medications might have befuddled Williams, Vogue says, but a doctor arrived - only to perform an ultrasound, and not the CT scan that Williams believed she needed. She recalls telling medics: 'A Doppler? Doctors learned shortly after that she had several small clots in her lungs but she healed like a champ. Listen to Dr Williams!' Her Caesarean incision opened due to the coughing fits she would have from the clots. According to the article, the tennis superstar "spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed".
23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has revealed the significant health issues she suffered in the days after giving birth to daughter Alexis in September. She also didn't have a night nurse to take care of her daughter.
"That was an wonderful feeling", Serena recalls. "No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry", she said. She had targeted the Australian Open, which she won a year ago while only a few weeks pregnant, but that did not pan out after an exhibition match loss to Jelena Ostapenko last week.
She now has her sights set on a March return at Indian Wells, and fired a warning shot to her rivals.
But that's not to be confused with the idea that Serena is anxious about reclaiming her spot as number one when she returns. "I've broken down I don't know how many times", she added.
'Or 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 handsome baby?"
"We're not spending a day apart until she's 18", Williams told Vogue. "If there's no clear number one, it's like, yeah, I can get my spot back", she asserts.
"Sometimes I get really down", she told Vogue. "I want to teach her that there are no limits".