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Serena Williams & daughter Alexis Ohanian pose as Vogue's February 2018 cover.

Serena Williams & daughter Alexis Ohanian pose as Vogue's February 2018 cover.

Serena Williams, tennis super-god , business woman , wife and loving mother of the adorable Alexis Olympia decided to open up about her beautiful, but very scary experience with childbirth along with the life-threatening complications she experienced just moments after bringing Alexis into the world. While CNN got the scoop, we here at The Blogssip have secured the tea for you. 

Mothers have long been hailed as superwomen in their own right and Serena is no different. The beauty in carrying life in our womb is such a honor and blessing to any woman who chooses to experience it. Serena's near brush with death is said to be why she decided to pen her essay to CNN, detailing her lessons through childbirth. This is what he learned from it. 

I'm sure Serena and Alexis Sr. had their own hopes and dreams of how their labor and delivery experience would be, but life threw a curve-ball when on September 1, 2017 , Alexis Jr. , a healthy baby girl, was born through an emergency C-section. Serena accounts her pregnancy as an easy one with the C-section being due to Alexis's dropping heart-rate during contractions. Not what they expected , I'm sure, but out of it came a healthy daughter and that's all that matters.

The surgery went smoothly. Before I knew it, Olympia was in my arms. It was the most amazing feeling I've ever experienced in my life. But what followed just 24 hours after giving birth were six days of uncertainty.

Serena spent her first 6 weeks of motherhood on bedrest due to various postpartum complications ranging from pulmonary embolism to an enlarged hematoma in her abdomen; all of which had her expressing how lucky she was to have survived. At one point her C-section wound even reopened resulting in the need for her to return back to the surgery table. It never ceases to amaze me the strength and fortitude that women have , both physically and mentally. But admittedly, we have help. According to Serena, her doctors and medical staff are the reason she's alive today!

I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment. They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren't for their professional care, I wouldn't be here today.

The Takeaway:

Planning and preparing for childbirth and motherhood is beautiful and necessary , but the real hard truth is that it will rarely go you the way you imagined it and the real preparation starts well after the baby is born. Be sure that when/if it doesn't go smoothly you have a strong support system : spouse, parents, doctor, medical staff, that you trust to make it a bit easier. Equip yourself with the medical knowledge of what can go wrong, with the hope and prayer that it will all turn out right. Most importantly, know your body and don't be afraid to speak up if you feel like something is wrong. Had Serena not expressed her discomfort and worry during her shortness of breath just after giving birth and chalked it up to labor, she might not be here today. You have the intuition for a reason, use it!

Sending love to Serena and her beautiful ,healthy baby girl and a many thanks to her for sharing her truth and awareness!