“I Almost Died After Childbirth” – Serena Williams Reveals “I Almost Died After Childbirth” – Serena Williams Reveals
She said she she needed an emergency C-section and that she had multiple surgeries after giving birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia. Williams experienced a... “I Almost Died After Childbirth” – Serena Williams Reveals

She said she she needed an emergency C-section and that she had multiple surgeries after giving birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia. Williams experienced a wave of medical and emotional issues after giving birth to her first child last year,she told the February issue of Vogue. The day after the operation, she fell ill and doctors found several small clots in her lungs. Then she suffered another terrifying scare when her C-section scar burst open and doctors found a large haematoma (a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues) had flooded her abdomen.

Serena underwent several surgeries and was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.
She said: “That was an amazing feeling (being handed her daughter). “And then everything went bad.” The sports star has a history of blood clots, so she was the one who raised the alarm after she found herself feeling short of breath 24 hours after becoming a mum. Serena was found to have a pulmonary embolism, and the coughing it caused meant her C-section wound burst open. Because she had been taking blood-thinners to dispel the clots, the medication caused bleeding at the site of the Caesarian section. 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.
Her daughter, Alexis Olympia, was born via emergency Caesarean section due to the baby’s alarmingly low heart rate.

Little Alexis was fine after her September birth, but Williams said that “everything went bad” for her personally. Williams ultimately needed to have a filter placed in a major vein to stop blood clots from going to her lungs. She was not able to get out of bed for six weeks after she finally left the hospital a week after giving birth. Williams says the experience has taken an emotional toll on her as well. “Sometimes, I get really down and feel like, man, I can’t do this,” she confessed. “It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am. No one talks about the low moments — the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.”
Williams said she has broken down frequently since becoming a mother. “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 beautiful baby?’ The emotions are insane,” she said. The star has won a record 23 Grand Slam titles in her illustrious career.

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  • Shaunell Hammonds

    2018-01-14 #1 Author

    Omg, I never knew this happened to her. I know someone who didn’t know she had a history of blood clots and neither did the doctor until it was too late. She delivered her baby and was fine and the next day died in the hospital. It’s so unfortunate for the people that don’t make it. Stay strong Serena and keep pushing to get back to where you were so you can get back on the court.


  • Shatoria

    2018-01-14 #2 Author

    I think Serena baby is a miracle child. God was with them also because they both survived. She went though a lot giving birth and having clots in her lungs.


  • Toni Dawson

    2018-01-15 #3 Author

    Wow she’s so adorable and I’m glad you didn’t


  • Kaylyn

    2018-01-15 #4 Author

    Adorable babygirl. This is so sad.


  • Tamieka Pesina

    2018-01-15 #5 Author

    Blood clots are serious my cousin tripped and sprung her ankle had to get a cast and dies cause one traveled to her lungs…great article awareness is half the battle


  • Titus

    2018-01-15 #6 Author


    What a story!
    Adorable baby….

    Welcome to motherhood Serena!


  • Raven

    2018-01-15 #7 Author

    My wife had a Csection and I was so scared. I love Serena and hate she had to go through this. A very strong woman indeed!


  • Tatiana

    2018-01-15 #8 Author

    Your are a survivor god had his hands around you ❤️


  • Kayla

    2018-01-15 #9 Author

    This makes me kinda scared again. Having a baby is exciting but there can be so many risk afterwards


  • Classi

    2018-01-15 #10 Author

    That’s scary, especially having a son my self..


  • Myceisha Hunter

    2018-01-16 #11 Author

    I had a rough birth with my both my daughters where the epidural didn’t work I felt like I was dying both times but both beautys were worth it.


  • Tyeshia Harris

    2018-01-16 #12 Author

    Childbirth is already an intense thing to go through . praying for her , dealing with the medical conditions she has plus being a wonderful mother to her baby and dealing with all the emotions that come with that . She is a STRONG woman ! And I truly admire her strength , such a great example of someone who is so strong willed. Blessing to her and her babygirl Alexis !


  • Alia

    2018-01-16 #13 Author

    Great article for the awareness of labor and delivery .


  • Fay

    2018-01-16 #14 Author

    Beautiful Baby and God had you covered.


  • Jamila

    2018-01-16 #15 Author

    She is such a strong woman, baby Alexis is blessed to have you as a mother!


  • Mr Israel

    2018-01-16 #16 Author

    Awww! A great mother she is… Baby Alexis is indeed a blessed child. Thank God you and your baby are fine and doing well Now.


  • Chassidy Wilcox

    2018-01-17 #17 Author

    It’s so crazy how we as women go through so much just to give birth to a new life.


  • Robette (Mychelle Talton)

    2018-01-18 #18 Author

    Wow her daughter is so beautiful, I did not know she had such a life-threatening recovery. Very scary. I’ve seen recent stories of mothers dying during or shortly after giving birth so she is truly blessed as I am.


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