Tennis superstar Serena Williams has given birth to a daughter!! The world renowned athlete has shared a picture of the beautiful newborn to her Instagram page and we couldn’t be happier that mum and bub are doing well.The little girl’s name is Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and while Serena is over the moon about her arrival, she’s revealed that she had some serious complications with the birth.
In a lengthy video documenting her entire pregnancy on her Instagram, Serena revealed the family had to spend a week in the hospital after Alexis’s birth, commenting, “So we’re leaving the hospital after six, seven days,” Williams said in a video posted on Ohanian’s YouTube. “It’s been a long time, but we had a lot of complications, but look who we got — we got a baby girl”. The clip then reveals little Alexis snuggled in a blanket with her two little feet in bow booties peeking out.
Alexis carries the same name as her father, William’s fiancé and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, while she’s weighed in at 6lbs 14onz (approx. 3.1kg) at birth.
The YouTube video charts Alexis’ “amazing journey” starting with their first ultra sound and capturing Williams winning the Australian Open a mere two weeks after she found out she was pregnant. The clip even shows Williams cheekily kissing her trophy calling it “my baby”, while her caption states, “No one knows I am 8 weeks pregnant”.
In a candid interview with Vogue Magazine William’s revealed that she was very nervous about the childbirth. “The biggest thing is that I don’t really think I’m a baby person. Not yet. That’s something I have to work on. I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, Am I going to be good enough?”
Whilst pregnant William’s had to inject her body with anticoagulants every day to avoid the risk blood clots, after a previous surgery on her foot had caused bilateral pulmonary embolisms. “The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I’ve had surgeries galore, and I don’t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it,’ she said.
We hope baby and mum are doing well and can’t wait to see more cute pics!
Image Credit: Vanity Fair
Article written by Alison Donnellan