Serena Williams Opens Up About Emergency C-Section

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While she was due to return to the court this January, Williams's comeback has now been delayed until March.

In celebration of her power, Vogue has highlighted five important body positive lessons that the tennis champion has followed over the years and, in turn, hopes to pass on to her baby daughter, from tuning out negativity to learning that beauty isn't one size fits all.

Ms. Williams told Vogue she immediately knew she was having a pulmonary embolism and informed her physicians, who spotted several small blood clots in her lungs and gave her a blood thinner.

After her heart rate took a dip during labor, Williams said she had an emergency C-section. The medical team then found a hematoma had filled her abdomen, caused by the very same blood-thinning drugs that were saving her life.

She was then sent for further surgery, to have a filter inserted into a major vein to stop more blood clots dislodging and travelling to her lungs, and she wasn't allowed home from hospital until a week later.

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In a cover story released Wednesday, Serena Williams revealed she had a terrifying health scare after giving birth to her daughter Olympia in September - which hospital workers initially ignored. The surgery went well, Serena's husband Alexis cut the chord and the couple's tiny newborn was laid on Serena's chest for the first time.

We're so glad Serena Williams recovered, and can share her story with us.

Maria Sharapova, however, is the one player who can match Williams' intensity and single-minded desire for success, not to mention her status as a drawcard.

The 26-year-old Romanian is full of confidence after lifting the title at Shenzhen in dominant fashion but will need to overcome her sorry record at Melbourne Park where she has lost in the first round in both of the past two years when seeded in the top four. I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige. Because of the surgery, she had stopped taking the blood thinners. 'I absolutely want more Grand Slams, ' she assured. "I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately".

"Actually, I think having a baby might help", she said.

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"Sometimes I get really down and feel like, man, I can't do this", she said.

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

In his new post on Thursday, Ohanian, who tied the knot with Williams in November, wrote next to a picture of his wife and child, "I can't imagine life without these two". "I'm so glad I had a daughter", says @serenawilliams. No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. "That's a different feeling for me".

"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. Had Williams not persisted, there's a chance she may not have survived the blood clots.

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