Serena Williams Shares Massive News About Her Pregnancy

Nearly 3 months after sharing she is pregnant, tennis legend Serena Williams is sharing even more details about her pregnancy, including her second child’s gender.

As a way of celebrating this blessing with their family and friends, Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, threw themselves a baby shower/gender reveal party. The couple used drones to share the big news with everyone in attendance.

In a YouTube video sharing the big news, Serena admitted she was “team girl,” and joked that she’s “a little nervous because I don’t have any contingency plan if it turns out to be a boy.” The theme of the party was “Our Next Great Adventure.”

Prior to getting to the drone show, Alexis manages to keep the show a surprise from Serena, who bestowed the duty onto Alexis. “I’m doing this because I want to troll her and Olympia into thinking that this is the reveal of Jelly Bean,” Alexis explained to the camera. “She will cut into this cake and probably be disappointed and hopefully appreciate my troll. But, we’ll see.”

Serena was a good sport, getting back at Alexis by smooshing the cut piece of yellow cake in his face. “We are actually going to reveal Jelly Bean’s sex. The way we’re going to do it, though, is with a little style and some spectacular lights,” Alexis then told the group.

That’s when the drone show began, and in the sky was the word they’ve been waiting for, “Girl.” Brilliant!

As Mamas Uncut previously reported, while opening up about her decision to share her pregnancy news on the Met Gala red carpet, Serena Williams revealed why she also kept her pregnancy a secret from her 5-year-old daughter Olympia as well.

In a YouTube video she shared, Serena explained that “Olympia does not know right now that I am pregnant, so the big reveal will be at the Met, and then before we leave, I’ll tell Olympia.”

And the reason why she kept it a secret from her little girl until she made it public is for a very relatable reason most parents will understand. “The reason I haven’t told her is because she can’t keep a secret,” Serena explained. But now Olympia has fully embraced her role as big sister.

For the Met, Williams dressed in a stunning black and white ensemble garnished with hundreds of pearls, when she and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, shared the big news.

The announcement comes several months after Williams revealed she and Alexis were working to grow their family after she retired from Tennis. “In the last year, Alexis and I have been trying to have another child, and we recently got some information from my doctor that put my mind at ease and made me feel that whenever we’re ready, we can add to our family,” Serena wrote for Vogue at the time. 

“I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.”

In the past, Williams has also been open about her first labor experience in a personal essay she wrote for ELLE. 

In 2022, Williams shared the terrifying moment when she saved her own life by advocating for herself after her daughter, Olympia was born.

Williams detailed how her body before Olympia was ultimately for tennis and since becoming a mother, “the stakes of the game have shifted for me.”

“My body has belonged to tennis for so long. I’ve suffered every injury imaginable, and I know my body,” she writes. “When I found out I was pregnant two days before the 2017 Australian Open, my body had already switched allegiances.”

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She also touched on how it wasn’t until after she met her baby that she felt a connection to Olympia. “I was nervous about meeting my baby. Throughout my pregnancy, I’d never felt a connection with her.”

“While I loved being pregnant, I didn’t have that amazing Oh my God, this is my baby moment, ever. It’s something people don’t usually talk about, because we’re supposed to be in love from the first second. Yes, I was a lioness who would protect her baby at any cost, but I wasn’t gushing over her. I kept waiting to feel like I knew her during pregnancy, but the feeling never came. Some of my mom friends told me they didn’t feel the connection in the womb either, which made me feel better, but still, I longed for it.”

Williams has spoken about her traumatic birth experience before, and in her essay, recalls the busy birthing room from the “meetings going on without me” to her intense need for “calm, affirmative direction.” Her doctor ended up giving that to her when she makes the decision that Williams will have a C-section, which the athlete says left her “relieved to let go.”

“Being an athlete is so often about controlling your body, wielding its power, but it’s also about knowing when to surrender. I was happy and relieved to let go; the energy in the room totally changed,” she shared. “We went from this intense, seemingly endless process to a clear plan for bringing this baby into the world.”

In fact, it was Williams’ post-birth experience that led her to reclaim her agency in the situation. “In the U.S., Black women are nearly three times more likely to die during or after childbirth than their white counterparts. Many of these deaths are considered by experts to be preventable,” she shares.

“Being heard and appropriately treated was the difference between life or death for me; I know those statistics would be different if the medical establishment listened to every Black woman’s experience.”

Williams went on to detail how none of the nurses around her were “really listening to what I was saying” until Williams could speak with her doctor and demand a CAT scan of her lungs after multiple surgeries.  

“I fought hard, and I ended up getting the CAT scan. I’m so grateful to her,” she writes. “Lo and behold, I had a blood clot in my lungs, and they needed to insert a filter into my veins to break up the clot before it reached my heart.”

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