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The Perfect Reactions to Serena Williams’ Post-Pregnancy Blood Clot Compression French Open CatSuit Ban

The outfit Tennis champ Serena Williams wore to compete in the 2018 French Open last May triggered the competition to ban her from donning that “Wakanda”-inspired black super hero cat suit for future competitions.

“I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted,” French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said in an interview with Tennis Magazine, adding it won’t adapt as strict a clothing code as Wimbledon, which requires players to wear all white, but will have its limits. He added that the FFT will be looking to view collections ahead of next year’s tournament.

The 23-time Grand Slam champ designed the suit with her sponsors at Nike with special compression material and technology to aid with blood clots she has and developed dangerously after delivering her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. with her husband Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

“I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess,” Williams said during a press conference, adding that she felt like a queen from Wakanda, the fictional nation in the movie “Black Panther.”

“I’ve always wanted to be a superhero,” Williams said. “It’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

Besides making her feel amazing, Williams’ said the outfit choice was also meant to inspire other new moms, especially ones who have also suffered post-pregnancy health issues. “For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy — here you go. If I can do it, so can you!” she wrote on Instagram at the time. She had been in bed for weeks after delivering because of the clots.

I’ve been wearing pants in general a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going,” Williams told reporters. “So it’s a fun suit but it’s also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems.”

This is yet another bump in her road after motherhood.  Not only did she lose her rank when she had a baby last September, but she also suffered postpartum blood clot related near-death experience, postpartum blues too.

Nike had the perfect response to the catsuit ban:

“You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers.

I loved April on Twitter’s response which was supported by another Tennis Legend, Chris Evert!

 

And others not so subtdly pointed out that Serena was not the first to wear a catsuit though the first to be banned for it.

 

Chanel Iman’s Newborn Beat Serena Williams’ Daughter In This Category

Model Chanel Iman‘s newborn Cali Clay Shepard has beat Serena Williams‘ daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr‘s record for the youngest child of a celeb to have an Instagram account!

At the tender age of 3-days old, the baby girl’s Insta was up and running and already has over 7,500 followers! Baby Alexis’ account didn’t go up until the little girl born on September 1 was 16 days old.

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She follows behind singer and dancer Teyana Taylor and NBA’s Cleveland Cavalier player Imani Shumpert ‘s daughter Iman Tayla Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr who not only has had a verified account since a baby but is also a female junior, named after her dad — just like Alexis! (Great trend!)

Other  celebrity babies with verified Instagram pages include reality TV star, singer and businesswoman Kandi Burruss‘s son Ace Wells Tucker; record-breaking winning Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps; son Boomer Phelps, who has 765,000 followers and, Chanel, daughter to reality TV star Cocoa  Austin and her husband Ice T.

Alexis Jr has a verified account of over 435,000 followers and has beat Ace Tucker who had over 425,000  but had 100,000 at just 8 weeks old.

Ne-Yo on His Wife Crystal Smith’s VBAC Plans

R&B singer-songwriter and producer Ne-Yo opened about his fear surrounding his wife Crystal Renault Smith’s upcoming attempted VBAC, the abbreviated term for vaginal birth after C-section.

As is commonly known, Caesarean section births carry more risk than vaginal ones  because a Caesarean section, which is major surgery, requires anesthesia, an army of specialists, nurses and pediatricians in the operating room prior to and after delivery.

A lot of women who plan vaginal births but end up getting C-sections often attempt vaginal deliveries afterwards.

That might precisely be the reasoning behind Crystal’s decision but it isn’t without risks and fear.

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“I’m a little nervous just because [in] our first pregnancy, there were a few complications to the point where she had to get an emergency [cesarean] section,” he explained to the magazine after stopping by its Nowstudios. “This time, she is determined to not go c-section — she wants to do it the natural way.”

He continued:

“The complications that were [present] could still exist, so there’s a little bit of nervousness in there but above that, it’s more nervous excitement. I just want to meet him.”

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Crystal has been doing everything usually prescribed to have a quick labor and delivery including exercising regularly and staying fit.

A quick scan of her Instagram shows she works out regularly and even attended Coachella this year in California at 7 months pregnant!

Wowza!

This would be the second child for the couple who is expecting a second son. They are parents to himsel Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr born in March 2016.

Ne-Yo is also dad to 7-year old daughter Madilyn Grace and 6-year old son Mason with his ex fiancé actress Monyetta Shaw. 

Ne-Yo’s Wife Crystal Smith Criticized For Negative Description of Son’s Hair Texture


After describing her child’s hair negatively and praising her own fine textured hair as “blessed” “Hawaiian Silk”, Internet users gathered second-time mom-to-be Crystal Smith all the way up to school her on her outdated attitude towards kinkier African textured hair.

“So my son wasn’t blessed with Mommy’s ‘Hawaiian silk’ as my sister likes to say,” Bossip reported the second-time mom-to-be captioning an Instagram post of a photo of herself and her son. “Can anyone suggest some good products or moisturizers? Nothing I’ve tried will help the dryness. His hair seems to soak up everything instantly.”

Following the outrage from followers and fans over the since-deleted tweets, Smith declared her intentions to convert the learning moment into a business opportunity in an Instagram stories post, vowing to create a hair care line for children of mixed race heritage.

“Thank you guys for the negativity, because once again I’m going to channel it into something positive,” she can be heard in the social media share taken in her car. “I am now in the process of creating a hair care line for mixed children … so thank you once again.”

Ok. Good luck with that, Mrs. Smith. The couple married shortly before welcoming their first child, son, Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr. Ne-Yo has a 7-year old daughter Madilyn and 6-year old-son Mason (Irish Twins) with his ex-girlfriend, and our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Monyetta Shaw.

The Smiths’ are expecting their second child later this year.

Serena Williams’ Post-Delivery Trauma: Lessons for Future Moms

Oh My! Serena Williams candid and public recent reveal of her post-birthing experience in a recent Vogue magazine cover story shows why it is important to know your body, your medical history and be your own advocate.

In the feature article , the 23-time Grand Slam Tennis champ and first-time mom relayed her experience of having to coach the medical staff at the hospital she delivered her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. .

 

From Miami Herald reporting:

The next day, Williams, who has a history of blood clots, felt short of breath.

The tennis star, 36, informed docs that she thought she was having another pulmonary embolism, a blockage in an artery of the lung.

The doctor soon performed an ultrasound on her legs, which revealed nothing.

At her insistence, Serena was soon sent for a CT scan, which did reveal several blood clots in her lungs. As she had predicted, they put her on a heparin (anticoagulant) drip.

“I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!” the Palm Beach Gardens resident told the fashion mag.

That wasn’t enough.

Soon after the clot drama, her C-section wound popped open from coughing from the pulmonary embolism. In surgery, doctors found that a hematoma, a pooling of blood outside of a blood vessel, had flooded her abdomen (the blood thinner caused the hemorrhaging).

A filter was inserted into a major vein, in order to prevent more clots from traveling to her lungs.

She was home a week later and stayed in bed her “first six weeks of motherhood.”

The lesson here: stick to your guns and insist if you feel off or if something is not right. Don’t be afraid to speak up or to empower your spouse, partner or a close family member to demand answers and appropriate care when you think you need it. Good for Williams for sticking to her guns and knowing herself and her body.

Williams later in the Vogue piece relayed having the Baby Blues and fluctuating emotions. She looks stunning on the cover in a crimson Versace dress. Jennifer Meyer earrings. Eva Fehren bracelet.


Editor’s note: I am traumatized for her and am amazed she even made an attempt to return to championship tournament tennis so soon after welcoming baby. She is a true champion!

Serena Williams Says She Won’t Defend her Australian Open Title This Year

Serena Williams famously won the 2017 Australian Open while she was 9 weeks pregnant but on Thursday, the 23-tim Grand Slam champ said she won’t be defending her Australian Open title this year.

It has only been 5 months since she gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. The newly wed to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian turned Snaphcat to share the news, stating in part:

“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time. With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.

“The memory of last year’s Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again. I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open.”

The tennis tournament begins on the 15th of this month.

The Australian Open tweeted best wishes shortly after her announcement, saying in part: “Good luck for the rest of 2018, Serena! We’ll miss you”

Williams had tried to push it by registering for a tournament last month but didn’t make it out the first round. She lost to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance,” Williams said. “I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”

Williams struggled with her serve and Ostapenko won 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, but as US Open opined, she  “still impressed to take a set off the No. 7-ranked Ostapenko after nearly a year away from tennis.”

She can do it and there is a track record for it!

The legendary Margaret Court won three majors after giving birth to her son in 1972. Kim Clijsters won three of her 4 Grand Slams after the birth of her child. Lindsay Davenport won 3 of her 55 Career titles after giving birth to her son. There are at least three other major female players to make mommy comebacks and silence all the critics and naysayers!

Too soon, ma, too soon!

Serena Williams Daughter Is Latest Celeb Baby with Verified Instagram Account

Ever since Serena Williams and her fiance Alexis Ohanian created an Instagram page for their newborn daughter Alexis Ohanian, Jr, we’ve been waiting for it to get verified status!

We checked and now the sweet gorgeous baby girl, whose initials are AO, same as the initials of the Tennis Grand Slam championship her mom won while pregnant with her, Austrialian Open, has been verified.

With this status, the baby girl follows behind singer and dancer Teyana Taylor and NBA’s Cleveland Cavalier player Imani Shumpert ‘s daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr who not only has had a verified account since a baby but is also a female junior, named after her dad — just like Alexis! (Great trend!)

Other  celebrity babies with verified Instagram pages include reality TV star, singer and businesswoman Kandi Burruss‘s son Ace Wells Tucker; record-breaking winning Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps; son Boomer Phelps and, Chanel, daughter to reality TV star Cocoa  Austin and her husband Ice T.

Alexis Jr already has close to 70,000 followers already and is right behind Ace Tucker who had over 100,000 when he was just 8 weeks old.

Check out their accounts below:

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A photo posted by Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr (@babyjunie4) on

That adorable cherubic doll was followed by the star of the Olympics coverage, Boomer Phelps. The son to swimming legend Michael Phelps and his fiance Nicole Johnson has over 630,000 followers on his verified page.

Trying to do my best #mpface!! Gotta do it for daddy! Love you so much @m_phelps00 !! A photo posted by boomer phelps (@boomerrphelps) on

 He even has his own music video set to a recent photo shoot. Too cute! He is a star already!

Those two have set the bar a bit higher for other popular celebrity babies with major followings like Ace and Baby Chanel, daughter to Cocoa  Austin and Ice T.

Another behind the scenes photo from my shoot…I just woke up so it took me a sec to warm up.. I just turned 9 months old! A photo posted by ChanelNicole (@babychanelnicole) on

❤️ @rileyburruss ♠️♠️♠️

A photo posted by Ace Wells Tucker (@acewellstucker) on

 

By the way, this Tennis fan claims to have predicted the name and she may be right because she has receipts to prove that Alexis follows her tweets! Nice!

Nicole Trunfio from Controversial Breastfeeding Cover Model to Bride

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Photo: Yu Tsai/Bride

We once spotlighted supermodel Nicole Trunfio to elevate attention to her controversial Elle Australia magazine cover of the gorgeous Australian breastfeeding her then infant son Zion.

Trunfio has a new reason to celebrate. She was featured inside Bride magazine with Zion who is now a year old.  (She has since married her rock star beau Gary Clark Jr.  this past April).

We love the photos and the backdrop of the mountains of Calabasas, California are heavenly. Zion is bareback in cute linen pants and an aboriginal necklace.

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Photo: Yu Tsai/Bride

We love her wedding photo too!

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Teen Choice 2016: Moms and Sleepy Babies

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Tonight was the 2016 Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on Sunday,July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California.

We spotted Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Jessica Alba in a black and sheer David Koma ensemble (Shoulder Net crop top and High Waist Trousers) and carrying a cute black M2malletier clutch. She was a presenter during the show.

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Also wearing black was Fuller House Jodi Sweetin who we followed when she was last expecting back in 2010. Love her crown braid and those funky wrap around espadrilles are hotness.

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Another blog fave and star of Fuller House, Candace Cameron Bure also attended in a cute metallic and black shorts jumper with sexy strappy heels as did one other Bellyitch alum Crystal Renay.

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She walked the green carpet with her first child with husband singer-songwriter-producer Ne-Yo in tow. Little  Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr, named after his dad looked mad sleepy but was hanging in their like a champ. Maybe he made it long enough to watch dad perform on stage.

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The cutie pie was born this past March 2016.

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Cavs NBA Player Iman Shumpert delivered his own child with fiance Teyana Taylor

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More babies for Kanye West as his G.O.O.D .Music label artist, R&B singer Teyana Taylor welcomed her first child, a daughter early, this Wednesday, December 16…and she was delivered by her finance Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert!

The two have been dating since last year and Shumpert announced on his social media Instagram account that their daughter was expected to arrive on January 16, 2016.

“I couldn’t be more happy than to share my first child with the woman I intended to have my family with.” Shumpert captioned a reposted photo of Taylor’s sonogram she shared on her page. “Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr is expected to enter this world (on) ‘1.16.16.’… I love you @teyanataylor thank you for your sacrifice in starting our very own family!…I know you see my daughter with her hand behind her head and her feet kicked up… she’s already daddy’s little girl!!!”

But little Imani wasn’t waiting.

Taylor detailed the early arrival and bathroom birth story in a photo of the newborn cradled in Shumpert’s arms:

On Dec 16th at 6:42am in our bathroom Junie decided she wanted to take her first breath into this world.

She came out as a wonderful surprise to everyone! Not knowing I was in labor until I felt her head…it took two ten count pushes with my fiancé playing Dr and she entered this world into his bare hands!

Eyes full of tears and barely able to speak to the emergency operator @imanshumpert tied a pair of red headphones around the umbilical cord and the ambulance made there grand entrance 5 min later. She opened her eyes right away, gazed into mine and never cried!

He handed her to me wrapped in our bath towel and wiped her face for me to see what LOVE really is. She has blown Christmas away! Our family is complete. Her blueprint will be unmatched.

Welcome Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. Mommy carried you. Daddy delivered you. #MeetTheParents we love you baby girl?????

Wow! Congrats! The two got engaged 5 weeks ago.

And I totally missed this, but Taylor shared some pretty creative Maternity Portraits with her fans and followers in recent weeks.

❤️ captured by @sashasamsonova

A photo posted by Jimmy Neutch (@teyanataylor) on


 

I love you my darling…. I’ll see you soon ❤️ A photo posted by Jimmy Neutch (@teyanataylor) on


Thankful… Can’t wait to meet you my darling ❤️ #HappyThanksgiving ? by @sashasamsonova

A photo posted by Jimmy Neutch (@teyanataylor) on


 

Thankful for finding my queen and starting our very own family. Happy thanksgiving my loves. Happy thanksgiving to all

A photo posted by Iman Shumpert (@imanshumpert) on


And she wore a very creative and eclectic fashion mix of clothing for maternity wear! Very funky! I like!!!!

Comfy Bumpin Realness. A photo posted by Jimmy Neutch (@teyanataylor) on


 

 

#Mood: Dressed In All Black Like Da Omen.

 

A photo posted by Jimmy Neutch (@teyanataylor) on


Slay, Tay-tay, Slay!!

Mood: Baby Bumpin. A photo posted by Jimmy Neutch (@teyanataylor) on

She dressed like THIS for her baby shower! Wow!