In a revealing photo shoot and interview, the tennis star reveals more details about her pregnancy—including her decision to compete during her first trimester.
Serena Williams clearly doesn't do anything halfway, and her pregnancy is no exception. When the tennis pro saw that positive pregnancy test, she didn't stop there: She took another test. And another. And another. And when she broke the news to her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, she handed him a multitude of evidence—all six of the pregnancy tests she'd taken, all showing positive results.
The mom-to-be bares all as Vanity Fair's cover girl: She appears nude with her growing baby bump on full display, and she opens up about learning she's expecting—and deciding to compete in (and ultimately win) the Australian Open during her first trimester.
According to the story, pregnancy wasn't in Serena's plans, but when she found herself with swollen breasts and nausea, a friend suggested she take a pregnancy test. Serena never expected it to turn up positive.
Serena's reaction? “Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament,” she told Vanity Fair. “How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”
It's a relatable predicament: There are so many women out there who see that positive pregnancy test and wonder what it'll mean for the careers they've worked hard to build and the lifestyles they've settled into over time. It's natural to struggle with the realization that a baby is coming and that your body is changing. But ultimately, Serena decided to compete in the tournament after a doctor assured her there was no medical risk associated with playing through pregnancy.
Can you relate to Serena's story at all? Sure, you may not have competed on an elite level, but chances are you surprised yourself with what you're capable of accomplishing through pregnancy at some point or another. Oh, and needing to take multiple pregnancy tests just to be sure? Well, that's way too real for so many mamas out there.