Childbirth Was Not Easy for Serena Williams
Giving birth is never an easy task, but it should not come with all the complications that Serena Williams went through.
Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September. The tennis legend stated in Vogue that she did not have a normal birth because she had to be taken off her blood thinners.
She also had to have an emergency C-section and in order to heal properly; she had to stop taking her blood thinners. She is on blood thinners because she has a history of blood clots. The next day after her surgery she became very short of breath and knew immediately what was wrong. She got out of bed and walked out of her room, and told the first nurse that she saw exactly what she needed, which was an IV with heparin, a CT scan, and blood thinners.
This did not actually go the way it should have because the nurses just sent her back to her room thinking that the drugs she was on made her a little loopy. They did an ultrasound and found nothing and she said again what she wanted to be done and they finally listened. Once they did the CT scan they found blood clots forming in her lungs.
Being able to understand your own body and react accordingly is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. By her sharing her story, this can help other people understand what feels right and what doesn’t and make sure their doctors listen to them the first time.
We’re glad Serena ended up having a successful childbirth.