Serena Williams: ‘I Really Want An Epidural’

At eight months along, Serena Williams looked simply radiant in the September issue of Vogue and opened up about expecting her first child with fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

On winning the Australian Open in January while pregnant: “I used to think I’d want to retire when I have kids, but no. I’m definitely coming back. Walking out there and hearing the crowd, it may seem like nothing. But there’s no better feeling in the world. Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with [Margaret Court], I am not going to pass that up. If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”

On keeping their baby’s gender a secret: “Alexis thinks we’re having a boy, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s a girl. Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way.”

On her surprise pregnancy: “But once I found out, something happened that surprised me. I became really calm. I thought, ‘You have to win, but you’re allowed to lose, because you have something to look forward to.’ ”

On her birth plan: “I’m nervous about childbirth. I’m not a spring chicken. The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I’ve had surgeries galore, and I don’t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it.”

On impending motherhood: “But the biggest thing is that I don’t really think I’m a baby person. Not yet. That’s something I have to work on. I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, ‘Am I going to be good enough?’ “

For more from Serena, go to Vogue

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