In January 2017, two months into her pregnancy, #tennis superstar #SerenaWilliams competed in -- and won -- the #AustralianOpen. At 20 weeks pregnant, with the smallest of baby bumps, she posted a picture on #Snapchat of her athletic body, in a yellow swimsuit. Hers was a fortunate and healthy pregnancy, by any standard.
However, the days and weeks following the September birth of daughter #AlexisOlympia was difficult, according to a recent #Voguemagazine interview with the tennis champion.
When contractions began, baby #Olympia's heartrate plunged. An emergency cesarean section was performed, and #Williams' delivered her first child. Nearly a third of births in the #UnitedStates are C-sections, and Williams' procedure was flawless.
According to #Vogue, #AlexisOhanian, the happy father and co-founder of #Reddit, cut the cord, and Olympia was laid on her mother's chest. "And then everything went bad," Williams, 36, told Vogue in an interview confirmed by her publicist. 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. Clots that form within veins or arteries disrupt the circulatory system and can damage the organs. Smoking, being overweight and obesity, and genetics are all factors that may cause blood clotting.
Williams takes blood thinners every day to prevent clots from forming. After the C-section, though, she stopped taking them to allow the surgical wound to heal.
The next day, off the "anticoagulant regimen" medication, the 23-time #GrandSlam winner began to gasp as she recovered in her hospital room.
Not wanting to worry her visiting mother, Williams stepped into the hall and flagged a nearby nurse, insisting that she needed an IV with #heparin, a blood thinner, and a #CTscan to check for clots.
The nurse believed that medications might have befuddled Williams, Vogue says, but a doctor arrived -- only to perform an ultrasound, and not the CT scan that Williams believed she needed. (Read the rest of the article on CNN.com or click the link in my Serena Williams post on my Twitter page) #TheSavageRoom #Savage