"I'm Happy It Happened To Me" - Serena Williams Reflected On Her Post-Childbirth Complications On Facebook
While speaking with Vogue Magazine recently, Serena Williams opened up about the medical challenges she experienced after childbirth.
After her baby, Alexis Olympia Ohanian was born via C-section, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism and had to be administered IV heparin (a blood thinner). The moment was a terrifying one for the new mother.
Not long after that crisis was averted, her C-section incision popped open during one of her coughing spells and another surgery had to be performed after doctors discovered she was haemorrhaging at her incision site.
As a result of these issues, she had to be on bed rest for six weeks following childbirth which was hard on the tennis pro. However, it all turned out well. Today, Serena is healthy and is able to spend as much time with her baby as she wants.
Reflecting on her childbirth experience, she recently took to Facebook to talk about a few things. While sharing an adorable video of her cheerful four-month-old, she said she did not expect all the attention she received from her Vogue magazine interview. But one of the best things about it was hearing stories of other women who had similar experiences.
Serena stated that finding out that women of colour were more likely to die due to pregnancy or childbirth causes was quite heartbreaking and she hoped her story would inspire other people to do better to change this.
My personal experience was not great but it was MY experience and I'm happy it happened to me. It made me stronger and it made me appreciate women -- both women with and without kids -- even more. We are powerful!!!
Women. They are so prominent strong and vital to my life. My mom raised 5 women (one passed) and 3 grand children. I love this photo because we have a close bond. This is what keeps me humble. They are not afraid to tell me anything after all I am the youngest of 5. I'm so happy Olympia has my mom as her grandma (of course she has Alexis Stepmom as well) and I"m happy she has aunts like my sisters Venus , Isha , Lyn and Alexis' sisters Amy and Hayley. Alll women! Coincidence? I think it not. She will fit right in. @voguemagazine @tonnegood hair @angelameadowssalon hair @vernonfrancois makeup @natashagrossmakeupartist @orijahnelmua
She expressed her appreciation to her fans who took the time to share encouraging and positive words for her and also to those who were brave enough to talk about their own struggles.
Source: Serena Williams / Facebook