Published: 20:54 BST, 15 January 2018 | Updated: 03:29 BST, 16 January 2018
Serena Williams feels childbirth 'made me stronger.'
The 36-year-old tennis star was plagued by health problems and almost died after she welcomed daughter Alexis Jr. into the world four months ago.
She wrote on Facebook, though, that the whole ordeal has given her strength and 'made me appreciate women -- both women with and without kids -- even more.'
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'It made me stronger': Serena Williams wrote on Facebook about the health problems she faced after welcoming her daughter Alexis Jr. four months ago
The sister of Venus Williams shared: 'I didn't expect that sharing our family's story of Olympia's birth and all of complications after giving birth would start such an outpouring of discussion from women - especially black women - who have faced similar complications and women whose problems go unaddressed.'
She continued: 'These aren't just stories: according to the CDC, (Center for Disease Control) black women are over 3 times more likely than White women to die from pregnancy - or childbirth-related causes.'
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Serena, who married her baby's father, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in November: 'We have a lot of work to do as a nation and I hope my story can inspire a conversation that gets us to close this gap.'
'Let me be clear: EVERY mother, regardless of race, or background deserves to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.
There she is: The message was accompanied by a sweet video of little Alexis Jr. at home, peeking out into a hallway from behind a corner
'I personally want all women of all colors to have the best experience they can have. My personal experience was not great but it was MY experience and I'm happy it happened to me.
'It made me stronger and it made me appreciate women - both women with and without kids - even more. We are powerful!!!.'
She closed out: 'I want to thank all of you who have opened up through online comments and other platforms to tell your story. I encourage you to continue to tell those stories. This helps. We can help others. Our voices are our power.'
Proud parents: The little girl is Serena's daughter by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, whom the tennis star married in November
The message was accompanied by a sweet video of little Alexis Jr. at home, peeking out into a hallway from behind a corner.
Covering the February issue of Vogue with her baby, Serena revealed inside that small blood clots were discovered on her lungs soon after she gave birth.
A pulmonary embolism resulted in bouts of coughing so severe that her cesarean wound reopened.
She was dealt with another blow when doctors discovered a large hematoma and she was bedridden for six weeks.
Mother and child: Covering the February issue of Vogue with her baby, Serena revealed inside that small blood clots were discovered on her lungs soon after she gave birth
Me and my baby: A pulmonary embolism resulted in bouts of coughing so severe that Serena's cesarean wound reopened
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