Serena Williams announces she’s pregnant with her second child
Written by Brooklyn Masuku on 2 May, 2023
Serena Williams is expanding her family!
The pro tennis superstar, 41, is pregnant, expecting her second baby with her Reddit co-founder husband Alexis Ohanian. The pair, who wed in November 2017, are already parents to 5-year-old daughter Olympia.
Williams announced the news on Instagram yesterday, sharing a carousel of photos of her and Ohanian. In one photo, Williams is holding her baby bump, and in another, the couple is standing next to one another smiling.
The post included the caption:
“Was so excited when Anna Wintour invited the 3 of us to the Met Gala,” with a list of outfit, hair, and makeup details for the Met Gala.
Williams also revealed she “never thought about having kids” when beginning her career in the essay.
Serena’s pregnancy announcement also highlights the challenges that many women face in balancing their careers and their desire to start a family. Serena has been open about her struggles with fertility and the complications she faced during her first pregnancy, which included a pulmonary embolism that nearly took her life.
But despite these challenges, Serena has continued to inspire millions of women around the world with her incredible accomplishments both on and off the court. She’s a true trailblazer in women’s sports, and her pregnancy announcement is just the latest example of her unwavering determination and resilience.
Serena told Variety Magazine,
“There were times when I’ve wondered if I should ever bring kids into this world, with all its problems. I was never that confident or comfortable around babies or children, and I figured that if I ever did have a baby, I would have people taking care of it 24/7,” she explained.
Though she has “a lot of support,” Williams said she’s also an “incredibly hands-on mother” to Olympia.
“In five years, Olympia has only spent one 24-hour period away from me. This past year, while I was recovering from a hamstring injury, I got to pick her up from school four or five days a week, and I always looked forward to seeing her face light up when she walked out of the building and saw me waiting there for her,” said the four-time Olympic gold medallist. “The fact is that nothing is a sacrifice for me when it comes to Olympia.”