Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Brainstorm Health: Serena Williams Childbirth, Telemedicine and Weight Loss, Trump Checkup

Brainstorm Health: Serena Williams Childbirth, Telemedicine and Weight Loss, Trump Checkup

Her training schedule did not permit time for an interview with CNN.Despite her obvious strength and good health, the world champion tennis player has a history of blood clots.

The drama began when Serena was rushed to have an emergency c-section after daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.'s heart rate plummeted during contractions. Serena has a history of blood clots, and had been off her anticoagulant meds because of the surgery.

A CT scan revealed several small blood clots had settled in her lungs, and minutes later she was on a drip. Her surgical wound reopened, and doctors performed another surgery in which they found a hematoma, or a mass of clotted blood, in her abdomen.

Firstly, as a woman who's no stranger to body shamers, Williams has previously spoken about living by her own standards and accepting that it's okay not to look like everyone else.

To prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling into her lungs, Ms. Williams told Vogue she underwent another surgery to have a filter inserted into one of her veins.

"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", she said. "I've started to play more consistently", she said.

She was bed-ridden for six weeks, thereafter.

Maria Sharapova, however, is the one player who can match Williams' intensity and single-minded desire for success, not to mention her status as a drawcard. If not, let me refresh your memory: This tennis phenom is a 23-time Grand Slam Singles and 14-time Grand Slam Doubles victor who won her most previous Australian Open title while eight weeks pregnant. Finally, a week after the birth, she returned to her Florida home.

"It doesn't have quite the same intensity as maybe the French Open, Wimbledon or the U.S. She's a candidate, everybody is saying her draw is not the easiest, but I feel like if Halep is playing well, she will have a similar chance to Wozniacki". It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. "I'm so glad I had a daughter", says @serenawilliams.

Boris Becker, who knows a bit about both winning grand slams and star appeal, believes the landscape at the top of the women's game is just too confused at the moment. "(The) incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry ...

One piece in that series, titled "How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers", carries special poignance given Williams' ordeal.

"Knowing I've got this attractive baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match".

"I would hate her to have to deal with comparisons or expectations", she explained. The same medication used to treat the embolism (and likely saved her life) had also caused bleeding at the surgical site.

And now, in her recent post, the 23-time Grand Slam champion shared a picture of her sisters from the Vogue magazine shoot, along with her new-born daughter, and wrote how women in her family are strong and connected with each other. I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately.

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