Serena Williams shares harrowing birth story in Vogue cover story with daughter Alexis Olympia

By Sharnaz Shahid and Hola! USA

Serena Williams has the cutest Vogue cover costar ever - her daughter Alexis Olympia, who she shares with Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian. And while the four-month-old is breaking records as the youngest person to ever grace the storied magazine's cover, the tennis ace revealed inside that her little one's entry into the world was a harrowing one.

Inside the February issue, the 36-year-old opened up about having an emergency C-section after her daughter's heart rate dropped. Recalling the moment newborn Alexis was placed on her chest, Serena said, “That was an amazing experience," adding, "And then everything went bad.”

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The cover photo, which was shot by Mario Testino, sees Serena looking lovely in a bold red Versace dress while holding Alexis Olympia close to her chest. In the accompanying interview, the sports star revealed that she felt short of breath the day after giving birth to her daughter. She told medical staff that she was concerned about blood clots, and doctors soon discovered several clots in Serena's lungs, for which she was immediately given a drip. A series of complications followed.

Serena, who spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed, admitted that she has experienced a range of emotions since welcoming her baby girl. “Sometimes I get really down and feel like, Man, I can’t do this,” she confessed. “It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am. No one talks about the low moments—the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times. 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 beautiful baby? The emotions are insane.”

Serena opened up about birth and motherhood

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Serena, who married Alexis in a lavish wedding in New Orleans on November 16, is now balancing motherhood with her quest to get back on the court. The tennis star admitted that her new role has given her a new approach to achieving her goal of 25 grand slam titles. She said, “I think having a baby might help."

Serena explained, “When I’m too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born. Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me.”

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