Serena Williams: 'Everything went bad' in medical ordeal after giving birth

Marco Green
January 13, 2018

Her next grand slam victory will be her 24th, equalling Margaret Court for the most of all-time in women's tennis while the 36-year-old will have to wait until 2019 to try and usurp Thelma Coyne Long as the oldest victor of the Australian Open (35 years and eight months in 1954). She won her 23rd Grand Slam while pregnant, gave birth to her daughter, and got married. An emergency cesarean section was performed, and Williams' delivered her first child. Once she was back in the OR, doctors discovered that a large hematoma had filled her abdomen.

She said her heart rate had dropped dangerously low during contractions and that the day after her daughter's birth, she became short of breath and doctors eventually spotted several small blood clots in her lungs. Women who have a history of blood clots, as Williams does, are at higher risk of blood clots during pregnancy and childbirth than women without a history of blood clots.

She was given a drip, but her cough caused complications to her C-section. The next day, off the "anticoagulant regimen" medication, the 23-time Grand Slam victor began to gasp as she recovered in her hospital room. The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused. I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige. "Williams" physical instincts were correct. The cause: the blood thinner she'd resumed. And the night nurse she had planned to hire had fallen through.

Serena Williams's first two months of motherhood weren't easy at all.

I was happy to change diapers, but on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder. But the first couple of months tested her in ways she never did. "If you are feeling severe pain/discomfort don't let the medical staff gaslight/strongarm you into being silent", one person said. "No one talks about the low moments ―the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry". 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?' The emotions are insane".

While she's eyeing a return to tennis in March, Williams is staying busy with other projects.

See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on and. After playing an exhibition match with Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi, the American tennis superstar has announced that she is not yet returning to the WTA Tour.

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. "I'm so glad I had a daughter".

"Sometimes, I get really down and feel like, man, I can't do this", she confessed. Had she not ardently spoken up about her symptoms, Williams may have lost her life.

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