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Serena reveals medical complications after childbirth

Serena Williams and Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr Williams was candid about the difficult parts of motherhood. | Serena Williams via Instagram
Kristopher Love | 14 January, 2018, 13:15

Similarly, the tennis champion has always encouraged the importance of body positivity and self-acceptance, insisting "That you can be whatever size you are and you can be attractive inside and out".

Williams said her pregnancy was relatively easy, but the complications began when her daughter was born via C-section after Williams' heart rate dropped. Thankfully, the surgery was successful and a attractive, healthy baby emerged.

The tennis champion, in her cover story in Vogue, shared how her medical history left her bedridden after she had her baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. At first, a nurse who was treating Williams suggested that the pain medications she was taking might have been confusing her, but Williams insisted. Over the next few days, Williams was back in surgery after one of her C-section scars popped open after she experienced coughing spells.

"I was happy to change diapers", Ohanian explained to Vogue.

She had to undergo another surgery, and a week later, she finally went home and found she wasn't even able to get out of bed. "Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it".

Whether or not she could have won a 24th slam, and her first as a mother and wife, is open to question considering her lack of match practice, although if anyone could do it, the 36-year-old would be the one.

In that same interview, Williams joked about her new daughter, "We're not spending a day apart until she's eighteen".

Serena told the fashion bible she has a history of blood clots and lives in fear of them returning. It is that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. "(The) incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry ... Therefore, MomsRising wants to see better hospital protocols in place that will help ensure black mothers get the best treatment, Bandele says, but also better legislation that will bring health equity for Black women.

On December 30, she lost an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.Based on this uncharacteristic result, Williams pulled out of the Australian Open, which starts Monday, and continues to train.

Tennis heavy hitters Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Angelique Kerber have all expressed how much she's missed.

But the most unsafe floater is 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who on Monday moved back into the world's top 50 for the first time since returning from a 15-month doping ban. I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately.

It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25.

"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 attractive baby?" I want titles but I don't need them.

"Sometimes, I get really down and feel like, man, I can't do this", she confessed. "I'm stronger physically. I have a different look to my game".