Serena Williams opens up about postpartum health complications

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Serena Williams has her sights set on returning to world No 1 in tennis once she returns to the circuit after her maternity break. She dons a red Versace dress, baby in hand, photographed by Mario Testino.

Williams' pregnancy was fairly easy. But perhaps the most heart-wrenching part of Serena's interview was her admission that she had almost died after delivering her daughter. The crying baby, whose cord was cut by proud father Alexis Ohanian, instantly bonded laying on her mother's chest.

The post for Vogue magazine comes after her recent revelation that she was forced to endure multiple surgeries in days after giving birth in their cover story. The surgery was hardly the problem. "That was an incredible feeling, and then everything went bad", she tells Vogue. She told the publication she has a history of blood clots, and told hospital staff she needed a "CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away". Obeying her request for the scan, the medical team found several small blood clots in her lungs and immediately began the medication. Williams made a red-carpet appearance only 10 weeks after the fact.

"Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it".

Her long, curly brunette tresses were worn down as she let her natural looks show with minimal make-up. "It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes". I guess that's just who I am.

She went on to reveal, "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 attractive baby?" "The emotions are insane".

"If there's no clear number one, it's like, yeah, I can get my spot back". "I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately".

New mom Serena Williams says parenthood can get her "really down".

However, the days and weeks following the September birth of daughter Alexis Olympia was hard, according to a recent Vogue magazine interview with the tennis champion.

Williams takes blood thinners every day to prevent clots from forming. I don't play to be the second best or the third best. "All Vogue covers are special but to share this one with my handsome daughter Olympia Ohanian also the youngest Vogue cover star makes it moment I will never forget".

Serena, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles during her tennis career, said she hated feeling helpless.

The American added that having a baby while playing on tour might help her win. "I'm so glad I had a daughter".

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