Serena Williams is so often the absolute picture of composure — have you seen her on the tennis court? She’s fierce. She’s unshakable. So it’s a little hard to believe that finding out she was pregnant was as terrifying for her as it would be for a lot of unsuspecting new moms.
Williams, who covers the latest issue of Vanity Fair with a stunning nude pregnancy shot, explained to the magazine how she discovered her bun was in the oven in the week leading up to the Australian Open, which she won even after getting that life-altering surprise.
“[I] did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally dropped,” Williams said. She thought, “Oh my God, this can’t be — I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning in Wimbledon this year.”
LOL at how babies can disrupt such casual plans as winning Wimbledon this year, NBD.
Williams continued, “If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world. This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later, and it’s going by so fast.”
The pregnancy announcement came very soon after Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, whom she met in Rome. He proposed in the same place they met, and even though he hoped to orchestrate a grand surprise proposal, Williams said she knew exactly what he was up to. “I knew it was coming. I was like, ‘Serena, you’re 35, you’re ready. This is what you want,'” she remembered.
While Williams says she “loves being pregnant,” she admits that she’s as panicked as any other first-time mom would be about the details. “I don’t know what to do with a baby,” she said. “I’ve done absolutely nothing for the baby room.”
Praise hands to Serena Williams for being total mom goals.