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Serena Williams reveals she was frightened to give birth to her daughter Alexis Ohanian


AWNewYork/ShutterstockSerena Williams is revealing that she had some early concerns when giving birth to her daughter Alexis Ohanian.

During an Advertising Week panel on Tuesday, Williams discussed her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures, and how, after meeting with a particular company, she felt a bit overwhelmed by the thought of giving birth.

“I met with this company, ‘Mommy and Me’ — which I invested in a while ago — and they are really bringing help and information to moms after they [give] birth,” Williams. “You get so much information before [having a baby], I was overloaded by what to do — so much so that I was frightened when it came time to give birth.”

She continued, “I was like, ‘You know what? I’m just not gonna do it.’”

According to the tennis champ, she was already past her due date at that time and thought that maybe she wouldn’t actually give birth.

“I think I was one of the few people who wanted to keep the baby inside,” she recalled. “I was so terrified, but one of the things that this particular company is doing is helping women, so that’s just a touch of what’s in our portfolio…it’s been fun to work on.”

Now, Williams says she’s a big supporter of companies that have female founders, who she can relate to and subsequently invest in.

One of those companies is the stroller brand Colugo, which she says is very easy to handle.

“Colugo is all about design…I just throw my baby in, and this is so much better than the other stroller that I hated with all my heart,” she said. “I don’t have to be a rocket scientist to open this stroller.”

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