Entertainment Serena Williams poses for Vogue with her baby, tells scary story of childbirth complications

07:39  11 january  2018
07:39  11 january  2018 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Serena Williams says she had health scare after baby's birth

  Serena Williams says she had health scare after baby's birth Serena Williams tells Vogue that she dealt with a medical scare right after the birth of her daughter. In a story in the magazine's February issue and posted Wednesday on Vogue.com , Williams discusses developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September.

The story she tells of the changes wrought on her life by the arrival of Alexis Olympia, whom she calls by her middle name and husband Alexis Ohanian refers to as Junior, is sweet, but the aftermath of the baby ’s birth in September was anything but serene. Williams , 36, had alluded to “ complications ”

The story she tells of the Williams , 36, had alluded to “ complications ” that ensued, but she tells writer Rob Haskell that there were some harrowing moments because she . “That was an amazing feeling,” Williams told Vogue . serena williams .

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The story she tells of the changes wrought on her life by the arrival of Alexis Olympia, whom she calls by her middle name and husband Alexis Ohanian refers to as Junior, are sweet, but the aftermath of the baby ’s birth in September was anything but serene. Williams , 36, had alluded to “ complications ”

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  Serena Williams poses for Vogue with her baby, tells scary story of childbirth complications © Mario Testino/US Vogue Williams was off the anticoagulant she takes daily because of the surgery and she “immediately assumed” she was having another embolism.

“She walked out of the hospital room so her mother wouldn’t worry and told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away,” Haskell writes. “The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused. But Serena insisted, and soon enough a doctor was performing an ultrasound of her legs. “I was like, a Doppler? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip,” she remembers telling the team. The ultrasound revealed nothing, so they sent her for the CT, and sure enough, several small blood clots had settled in her lungs. Minutes later she was on the drip. “I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!”

  Serena Williams poses for Vogue with her baby, tells scary story of childbirth complications If only that were the end of it. The incision from her C-section popped open because of coughing fits from the embolism. During surgery, doctors “found that a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen, the result of a medical Catch-22 in which the potentially lifesaving blood thinner caused hemorrhaging at the site of her C-section. She returned yet again to the OR to have a filter inserted into a major vein, to prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling into her lungs,” Haskell writes. “Serena came home a week later only to find that the night nurse had fallen through, and she spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.”

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The story she tells of the changes wrought on her life by the arrival of Alexis Olympia, whom she calls by her middle name and husband Alexis Ohanian refers to as Junior, are sweet, but the aftermath of the baby 's birth in September was anything but serene.

Williams has, of course, recovered and settled into the routine of new motherhood while also marrying Ohanian in a lavish wedding in New Orleans. Tennis has not been far from her mind, either. She had targeted the Australian Open, which she won last year while only a few weeks pregnant, but that did not pan out after an exhibition match loss to Jelena Ostapenko last week.

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