Serena Williams looked simply radiant at 8 months pregnant in the September issue of Vogue, she proudly opened up about expecting her first child with fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Serena told Vogue, “Alexis thinks we’re having a boy, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s a girl. Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way.”

Serena told Vogue, “I’m nervous about childbirth. I’m not a spring chicken. The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I’ve had surgeries galore, and I don’t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it.

But the biggest thing is that I don’t really think I’m a baby person. Not yet. That’s something I have to work on. I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, ‘Am I going to be good enough?’”

Good luck Serena!

I don’t think I am alone in saying the best laid plans often change so quickly during childbirth.

I had always planned on an epidural with my first born and just as I reached the pointy end and requested the epidural they told me it was too late because things had progressed beyond the point. They actually turned the anesthetist away when he knocked on the door.

With my second child I went drug free for hours, and then just after having a shot of pethidine I went into full on labour.  I was so mad at myself for not waiting that little bit longer.  But then afterwards the midwife told me that it was most likely the pethidine shot that relaxed me just that little bit to help progress the labour to the next stage. DOH!

Did your labour all go to plan?

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  • oh transistion and the ring of fire are the hardest parts of labour! transistion makes me think “oh sorry, i’ve wasted your timmmeeeeOOWWWW” and the ring of fire has me screaming that i can’t do it but i do! lol i think that serena will be fine and she is still pretty fit so it should be alright


  • beautuful photos and lovely article


  • I say don’t bother with plans. All the plans in the world didn’t help me. I couldn’t plan for 40 hrs of labour. I didn’t plan for a backwards baby I didn’t plan for blood pressure and the crash cart.


  • Epidurals may be ok if they put it in the right place the right time. A friend of mine was given 3, none of them in the right spot and she got no relief at all.
    Prior to that she had never had even the slightest twinge in her back. Now she suffers discomfort some of the time.


  • I’m sure Serena will be a great mum. Those who can doubt themselves and can be nervous are only more human and beautiful to me.
    And no my labours didn’t go to plan.


  • I was induced both times, epi both times and I have two happy healthy kids, which is all that matters in the end!!


  • I had epidurals but after that I had a surgery


  • I didn’t have any plans. And had a dream labour that most women would kill for. But it still hurt like buggery. If she wants an epidural then she should go for it!


  • My plans went out the door and epidurals were a blessed relief in every way!


  • you go with the flow wen in labour, happy mumma happy bub. I had one labour with pethedine , one drug free (too fast) and two premature emergency caesareans. As long as bub is healthy you don’t care how they get here


  • I’m sure she will be a great mum!! :-) And I’m with her about having the epidural. I didn’t want to have it at the beginning, but when I reached 4 cm dilation, I asked for one because it was quite painful.


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