Serena Williams: Pregnant, Powerful, & Ready For Motherhood
UPDATE as of 9/13/17: Serena Williams shared a beautiful video of her little girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in a touching video on social media. Take a look below:
To say Serena Williams is just an tennis player is nothing short than a flat out lie. The 35-year-old phenom is a entrepreneur, trailblazer, history-maker, and honestly the greatest tennis player in history.
With 23 grand-slam wins on the women’s pro tennis tour spanning nearly three decades—from her first, at 17 years old, in September of 1999, to her latest, at 35, in January of 2017, and the most in the open era—Serena is in the heart of every conversation concerning the best athlete of her time.
Despite all of that, Serena is adding another label to her name: mother.
Roughly a week before the beginning of the Australian Open, in Melbourne, last January, after playing poorly in her first match of the year, in which she felt she had missed too many backhands. Serena went and spent two and a half to three hours on the practice court and did roughly the same the next practice day.
But according to her Vanity Fair interview, she felt a little different physically the next day. She had unexpectedly thrown up at one point and her breasts had enlarged. She thought it might be hormonal. But her friend Jessica Steindorff immediately suspected something else and suggested a pregnancy test. So Jessica went to a pharmacy and bought a pregnancy kit.
“I’ll take it just because (a) to prove you wrong and (b) because it’s fun, whatever. It’s like a joke. Why not?”
as Serena was doing her hair and makeup for an event sponsored by the lingerie company Berlei, where she is a spokesperson for its line of sports bras, she took the test in the bathroom. “I put it down. I went back to finishing hair and makeup, was laughing, talking. I was getting the styling done. An hour and a half later, I went back to the bathroom and I totally forgot about it because it was impossible for me. . . . So I went back to get dressed and I went back in the bathroom and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, that test.’ ”
Serena, as she put it, “did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped.
“Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament,” said Serena. “How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”
So what does a woman do when they don’t believe the results of a test? They take it again. Or in Serena’s case, she took it another five times.
Test number 2: Positive. Test number 3: Positive. Test number 4: Positive. Test number 5: Positive. Test number 6: Positive.
Yes, Serena took a total of six total pregnancy tests–all them came back positive. So what happens now?
After telling her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, via a paper bag with the six positive pregnancy tests it was no time to bask in the glow of impending motherhood. It was back to work for Serena.
The Australian Open was about to begin, and an immediate medical determination had to be made on what risk there might be in playing. The doctor who examined her thought she was about three or four weeks pregnant—it was almost…