Williams was put on blood thinners, but she wasn't out of the woods yet. "I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!" she quipped.
And Serena Williams truly is a super hero.
Serena underwent several surgeries and was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.
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 CT scan to check for clots.
As if it hadn't already been a traumatic experience for Williams, her C-section wound then broke open due to the intense coughing she was experiencing from the clots. They then performed the scan to find multiple blood clots in the tennis star's lungs. "She returned yet again to the OR to have a filter inserted into a major vein, to prevent more clots from dislodging and travelling into her lungs", Haskell writes.
Williams spent the next six weeks bedridden and Ohanian took over.
"I was happy to change diapers", Alexis said, "but on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder". "It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes".
Williams also told Vogue about her first few months of motherhood, confessing, "No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry". I can compete - but I don't want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so I will need a little more time. "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 handsome baby?' The emotions are insane". She has also pushed back her return to March.
The 36-year-old hasn't played a competitive match since winning the Australian Open last year, after which she announced her pregnancy.
"There hasn't been a clear number one since I was there". Williams is skipping this year's Australian Open, which begins next week.
Serena, who last week withdrew from the Grand Slam in Melbourne, said: 'Sometimes I get really down and feel like, "I can't do this".