Serena Williams opens up about her near-death experience during daughter Olympia’s birth

Serena Williams opens up about her near-death experience during daughter Olympia’s birth

Serena Williams opens up about her near-death experience during daughter Olympia’s birth

Serena Williams is letting fans in on her traumatic childbirth experience.
In a personal essay for Elle, the tennis legend opened up about her experience with giving birth to her daughter, Olympia. Williams also reveals that she didnt’t have a “connection” with the 4-year-old, who she shares with husband Alexis Ohanian, throughout her pregnancy.
“I was nervous about meeting my baby,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion admits in her essay. “Throughout my pregnancy, I’d never felt a connection with her. While I loved being pregnant, I didn’t have that amazing ‘Oh my God, this is my baby’ moment, ever. It’s something people don’t usually talk about, because we’re supposed to be in love from the first second.”

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She went on to say that she wasn’t “gushing” over her daughter, waiting to feel like she knew her over that entire 9 month period–but that feeling didn’t come until she gave birth to Olympia in September 2017.
“When I finally saw her-and I just knew it was going to be a girl, that was one thing I knew about her before we even had it confirmed-I loved her right away,” she continued. “It wasn’t exactly instantaneous, but it was there, and from that seed, it grew. I couldn’t stop staring at her, my Olympia.”
Unfortunately, once Serena finally able to hold her child, things took a turn for the worse.
After being rushed into an emergency C-section when the baby’s heart rate kept dropping, Williams also had to demand additional medical attention after her stitches were reopened due to an uncontrollable cough after she gave birth.
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“I spoke to the nurse,” the tennis star wrote. “I told her: ‘I need to have a CAT scan of my lungs bilaterally, and then I need to be on my heparin drip.’ She said, ‘I think all this medicine is making you talk crazy.’ I said, ‘No, I’m telling you what I need: I need the scan immediately. And I need it to be done with dye.'”
Because of Serena’s persistence, the nurse called the doctor and they found that she had a blood clot in her lungs that needed to be broken up before it reached her heart.

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Source:https://www.hola.com/us/celebrities/20220408331209/serena-williams-opens-up-about-olympia-birth/

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