SERENA Williams reveals to Vogue that she suffered two months of complications after the birth of her baby.

The tennis ace has opened up about the horrifying medical issues that left her facing multiple surgeries, shares The Sun.

Serena, 36, welcomed her first child Alexis – who she calls Olympia – in September with her husband Alexis Ohanian.

She told Vogue she had an emergency caesarean section after the baby’s heart rate dropped to a dangerously low level.

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 popped open and medics found a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen.

Serena underwent several surgeries and was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.

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 popped open. Because she had been taking blood-thinners to dispel the clots, the medication caused bleeding at the site of the incision doctors had made for the baby.

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  • Serena is extremely fortunate that she recognised the symptoms and was still in hospital. When you are on blood thinners you have to be very careful not to cut or scratch yourself because of bleeding. The amount of blood Serena must have lost must have been horrific. I know a guy who got clots, one of which moved 3 months after surgery. He got short of breath but thought it was because he had run across a road. He almost died. Ambos worked on him for quite awhile before they transported him to hospital. The clot that moved went up into his lung and the vein into his heart. He is normally a bleeder if he even scratches himself so you can imagine how petrified everybody was when he had to have thinners to dissolve the clots. A few minutes before he had been driving, and a few minutes later he would have been driving again.


  • That must have been scary ! Glad she recovered well in the end.
    My mum had lung embolism and blood clots and so they were extremely careful with me when I delivered my babies.


  • She had a terrible time. It’s reassuring for us ‘normal’ mums that these things happen to even the richest of the rich. Pregnancy and birth is such an evener.


  • Oh my! What a scare!! So many terrible things that happened to her. Luckily she recovered. She has such a wonderful daughter.
    No special problem for me, just the coccyx a little inflamed, so I had some difficulties sitting and standing up. Nothing really bad.


  • Wow! Very scary! She’s so tough you don’t think things like this could happen to her. Very lucky gitl that she had such amazing medical care!


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