Serena Williams says she had health scare after baby's birth

Serena's absence opens the door- Australian Open women's singles in Opta facts

Tennis Serena's absence opens the door for women's draw Getty Images

Recently in Washington DC two maternity wards closed, which public health officials fear will endanger the lives of low-income women in the city. If not, let me refresh your memory: This tennis phenom is a 23-time Grand Slam Singles and 14-time Grand Slam Doubles victor who won her most previous Australian Open title while eight weeks pregnant.

In an interview with Vogue magazine published on Wednesday, Williams also recounts the medical ordeal she went through after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept 1. The Washington Post recently ran a shocking story about the death of one such low-income woman, who most certainly would have had a better shot at life had she been as wealthy and famous as Williams.

"Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams", she said.

A casual reader of the only pregnancy book I suggest to friends, "Expecting Better", can easily see that pregnancy recommendations are often based on out-of-date information or the belief that USA women about to become mothers are incapable of understanding moderation or ways to mitigate risk during pregnancy and childbirth.

It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25.

Freezing rain, sleet on tap in MA on Saturday
Rain will turn to a mix of freezing rain, sleet and eventually light snow this evening and continue until early morning Friday . Wind chill values could be as low as minus 15 degrees from northwesterly, then southeasterly winds in the afternoon.

Williams, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian at a star-studded wedding in New Orleans in November, said being a mother may boost her quest.

"I think having a baby might help". Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a attractive baby? "I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip", she said.

"Sometimes, I get really down and feel like, man, I can't do this", she confessed. "That's a different feeling for me".

Williams told Vogue earlier this week that back in September when the baby was born via emergency cesarean section, she underwent multiple operations after sustaining a pulmonary embolism. The surgery went off without a hitch; Alexis cut the cord, and the wailing newborn fell silent the moment she was laid on her mother's chest.

She finally had to return to the operating room to have a filter inserted into a major vein, in order to prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling into her lungs.

Suu Kyi Says Rohingya Mass Grave Investigation 'Positive'
Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the importance of the rule of law and said the military would take responsibility. Suu Kyi rarely speaks to the media and has said little in public about the crisis in the western state.

Serena was found to have a pulmonary embolism, and the coughing it caused meant her C-section wound burst open.

Following her surgeries, she was forced to spend her first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed. Thankfully, Williams was aware of her condition and the changes in her body after ceasing her anticoagulant, but her doctors and nurses should have put this together on their own.

"That was an fantastic feeling", Serena recalls.

Williams says the experience has taken an emotional toll on her as well. Solemn. It breaks my heart. Her training schedule did not permit time for an interview with CNN.Despite her obvious strength and good health, the world champion tennis player has a history of blood clots.

Switzerland bans boiling lobsters alive
This legislation in Switzerland has sparked a debate on whether invertebrates including crustaceans can feel and sense pain. The move is a response to studies that suggest lobsters are sentient with advanced nervous systems that may feel pain.

Latest News