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6 Years After Being Labelled ‘Crazy’ During Near-Death Labor, Serena Williams Reveals Emergency Pregnancy Woes That Keeps Her Up at Night

Published 05/16/2023, 3:15 AM EDT

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For 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, the present is proving to be a difficult moment. After all, Williams is pregnant with her second child, and her pregnancy pains have well and truly started. Pregnancy pains are unpredictable and can strike at any moment. That’s exactly what Williams was in for judging by her latest Twitter post. However, Williams, being the indomitable fighter she is, possessed the resolve to do something about it to relieve her pain.

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In her tweet, Williams revealed her pregnancy pain woes along with the solution she reached out for in the dead of the night. For to-be-mothers around the world, Williams’ tweet should serve as an encouragement.

Serena Williams’ pregnancy pains strike her at the ungodly hour of 2 AM


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Most of the world sleeps and snores at 2 AM. However, for Serena Williams last night, when the clock struck 2 AM, she found herself in a great deal of pain. Williams’ pain stemmed from her pregnancy. However, instead of giving in to the pain, she found the strength to head to the pharmacy. Eventually, she bought her preferred pregnancy pain reliever.

Williams expressed her ordeal through a brief but insightful tweet. In her tweet, Williams wrote, “2am pharmacy run for heating pad? I forgot about this #pregnancypains”. The fact that Williams forgot about pregnancy pains isn’t surprising. After all, the last time she experienced them, the year was 2017, prior to her daughter Olympia’s birth.


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Heating pads provide heat therapy, which can be effective for the treatment of pregnancy pain symptoms, such as joint stiffness, muscle soreness, and back pain. Williams is likely to need plenty more of them in the coming months as the birth of her second child draws near.

Williams will want to avoid a repetition of her 2017 childbirth trauma

For Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, September 2017 was a fairytale moment as Serena gave birth to Olympia. However, Olympia’s birth came with its fair share of complications. For starters, Serena had to undergo an emergency C-section to deliver Olympia. Following her delivery, everything seemed to be going smoothly, at least for the first 24 hours.


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However, Williams’ decision to stop taking anticoagulants, medications for preventing blood clots, backfired. As a result, she developed a condition known as pulmonary embolism, which involves blood clots in the lungs. Williams could have died due to the condition and its subsequent complications. In fact, she had urged the medical professionals to put her back on her medications to prevent blood clotting in her lungs after giving birth.

I think all this medicine is making you talk crazy,” is the response she received instead.


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Written by:

Sudipto Pati


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Sudipto is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2012. His passion for writing became a full-time profession in 2019 after working as a musician and travelling educator.
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