‘I never felt a connection with my daughter’ – Serena Williams

‘I never felt a connection with my daughter’ – Serena Williams

Serena Williams, an American tennis champion, stated in an open essay for Elle on April 5 that she never felt a connection with her daughter Olympia during her pregnancy and had a near-death experience after giving birth.

On September 1, 2017, Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian welcomed their first child together. In an open letter to Elle, the tennis player said that she never felt a connection to her daughter during her pregnancy.

“I was nervous about meeting my baby. Throughout my pregnancy, I’d never felt a connection with her. While I loved being pregnant, I didn’t have that amazing Oh my God, this is my baby moment, ever. It’s something people don’t usually talk about, because we’re supposed to be in love from the first second,” she wrote.

“Yes, I was a lioness who would protect her baby at any cost, but I wasn’t gushing over her. I kept waiting to feel like I knew her during pregnancy, but the feeling never came. Some of my mom friends told me they didn’t feel the connection in the womb either, which made me feel better, but still, I longed for it,” she continued.

Serena may not have felt the connection during her pregnancy, but she did when her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian was born..

“When I finally saw her — and I just knew it was going to be a girl, that was one thing I knew about her before we even had it confirmed — I loved her right away,” she added.

SERENA’S NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE 

After delivering delivery, the tennis player experienced problems. She was taken into the hospital for a caesarean section. However, after giving delivery, she was in excruciating pain and couldn’t stop coughing.

She claimed she requested a CAT scan but was turned down by the nurse. Serena, on the other hand, was tenacious, and she eventually got her CAT scan, which revealed that she had a blood clot in her lungs that needed to be treated before it spread to her heart.

“I fought hard, and I ended up getting the CAT scan. I’m so grateful to her. Lo and behold, I had a blood clot in my lungs, and they needed to insert a filter into my veins to break up the clot before it reached my heart,” she wrote.

Following her caesarean section, Serena required three procedures. This, she explained, emphasizes how loud she had to scream and battle for her light. This reveals a major flaw in the healthcare system.

“In the U.S., Black women are nearly three times more likely to die during or after childbirth than their white counterparts. Many of these deaths are considered by experts to be preventable,” she continued.

“Being heard and appropriately treated was the difference between life or death for me; I know those statistics would be different if the medical establishment listened to every Black woman’s experience,” she added.

 

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