Tennis Champion and Mummy to be aka G.O.A.T Serena Williams is the latest star to cover the Vanity Fair Magazine August issue.
“If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world. This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later, and it’s going by so fast,” Serena Williams said to her magazine.
In this year’s issue, Serena talks about shares how she met her fiancé Alexis Ohanian, her pregnancy, and how she still had to play a tournament while seven weeks pregnant. She also poses for some nude maternity photos showing off the true beauty of pregnancy and her baby bump.
How she found out she was Pregnant
…she felt a little different physically. 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. Serena thought it was ludicrous.
Jessica worked on her for two days until Serena relented, and 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?”
… Test No. 2: Positive. Test No. 3: Positive. Test No. 4: Positive. Test No. 5: Positive. Test No. 6: Positive.
Then she told Alexis about the baby:
Once Serena knew she was pregnant, she called Alexis and told him he needed to come to Melbourne earlier than planned. She did not give him the reason, but Alexis thought it was likely health-related and immediately got a United flight out of San Francisco. When she saw him, not a word was said.
She handed him a paper bag with the six positive pregnancy tests.
He was as shocked as Serena. But there wasn’t time to dwell.
She even played The Australian Open while pregnant!
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 impossibly hard to tell because the fetus was so small—and said there was no risk whatsoever. When Serena returned to the States and had a subsequent exam, it was discovered that she had actually been more advanced, about seven to eight weeks, but she said she still would have played. There were only five people who knew during the tournament: Alexis, Jessica, Jill, Venus, and the doctor. Not even Serena’s coach knew. Nor did tournament officials.
Serena is now a little more than seven months pregnant. “It just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know why. Am I having a baby?” she says.
Read her full interview here.
Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair