Serena Williams's Daughter, Alexis Olympia, Is Serving Cuteness in Her Vogue Debut

Serena Williams's Daughter, Alexis Olympia, Is Serving Cuteness in Her Vogue Debut

Javier Howell
January 11, 2018

The birth of your first child should be a thrilling experience, but Serena Williams had some scary side effects after her daughter was born.

Williams told Vogue she had an emergency cesarean section after the baby's heart rate fell dangerously low during contractions.

Serena, who has a history of blood clots, had to go off of her daily anticoagulant medication because of her C-section.

The day after the birth, Williams was experiencing a shortness of breath and told the staff that she was concerned that she had developed blood clots.

But Williams's health problems weren't over, as her C-section wound opened because of the intense coughing spells the pulmonary embolism had caused, and when she returned to surgery, doctors discovered a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen after the blood thinner she was taking caused haemorrhaging.

Williams spent the next six weeks bedridden and Ohanian took over. No one talks about the low moments -the pressure you feel, the incredible let down every time you hear the baby cry.

She went on to reveal, "I've broken down I don't know how many times".

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The tennis superstar and her Reddit co-founder partner Alexis Ohanian welcomed Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September (17), with the couple marrying two months later in New Orleans.

Williams initially wanted to return to the Australian Open later this month - which she won a year ago while pregnant - but withdrew last week. The emotions are insane'.

She will be defending her Australian Open title in March at Indian Wells, and will also debut a new clothing line in March on her website. Williams has told the world repeatedly that she plays to win and it shows. "I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately".

"Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams", she said. I don't play to be the second best or the third best.

"Knowing I've got this attractive baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match", she said.

In a fourth photo, Serena appears with her husband. "After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said in a statement released by Australian Open organizers.