Williams said she is ready to get back on the court and is expected to return in March for the BNP Paribas Open, also known as the Indian Wells Masters.
New mom Serena Williams says parenthood can get her "really down".
Serena Williams' daughter knows how to strike a pose!
Because she had been taking blood-thinners to dispel the clots, the medication caused bleeding at the site of the incision doctors had made for the baby. Her C-section wound, barely beginning to heal, had ruptured due to coughing fits. During surgery, doctors "found that a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen, the result of a medical Catch-22 in which the potentially lifesaving blood thinner caused hemorrhaging at the site of her C-section". The ultrasound revealed nothing, so they sent her for the CT, and sure enough, several small blood clots had settled in her lungs.
It was a week before Williams could leave hospital, and another six weeks before she was able to leave her bed.
The tennis superstar and her Reddit co-founder partner Alexis Ohanian welcomed Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September (17), with the couple marrying two months later in New Orleans. I guess that's just who I am.
"No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry", Williams said.
The 36-year-old hasn't played a competitive match since winning the Australian Open last year, after which she announced her pregnancy.
'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?"
"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", she said in a statement on Snapchat. "All Vogue covers are special but to share this one with my lovely daughter Olympia Ohanian also the youngest Vogue cover star makes it moment I will never forget".
Williams initially wanted to return to the Australian Open later this month - which she won previous year while pregnant - but withdrew last week.
Serena Williams at 8-weeks pregnant and making history winning her 23rd Grand Slam.