Serena Williams 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.”
The tennis superstar added that she was forced to spend the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.
Williams welcomed her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1, 2017, with her husband Alexis Ohanian, 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.
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.
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.
‘No one talks about the low moments:’ Williams opens up about first few months of motherhood
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…