Serena Williams might be one of the toughest female players on the tennis court, but it looks like she’s just like the rest of us when it comes to her pregnancy and delivery fears. The international tennis champion has recently revealed that she was once terrified of getting pregnant and is also worried about going into labor. Serena is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Reddit CEO Alexis Ohanian.
Serena said one of the reasons why she was scared about the possibility of getting pregnant is because she was hospitalized with bilateral pulmonary embolisms back in 2011. She’s also taking no risks. Pregnancy increases the chance of blood clots, which means Serena has to inject herself daily with anticoagulants.
The new celebrity mother told Vogue Magazine in an interview, “I’m nervous about childbirth. I’m not a spring chicken. 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. But the biggest thing is that I don’t really think I’m a baby person. I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career.”
Serena also said that while she thinks she’s carrying a girl, Alexis thinks the couple is having a boy.
She said, “Alexis thinks we’re having a boy, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s a girl. Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way.”
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