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book I suggest to friends, "Expecting Better", can easily see that pregnancy recommendations are often based on out-of-date information or the belief that USA women about to become mothers are incapable of understanding moderation or ways to mitigate risk during pregnancy and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