Learning that you’re expecting your first child is a surreal experience and it doesn’t matter how prepared or unprepared you are for that big moment. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, tennis pro Serena Williams describes the moment she found out she was pregnant, revealing that she was just as surprised as everyone else.
“(I) did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped,” 35-year-old Williams told Vanity Fair for the magazine’s August cover story, adding that her immediate reaction was one of disbelief and wondered how it’d affect her upcoming performance on the tennis court.
“Oh my God, this can’t be — I’ve got to play a tournament,” Williams continued. “How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”
Before she had taken a pregnancy test, she told a friend, Hollywood talent agent Jessica Steindorff, that she had been feeling “a little different physically.” According to the interview, Williams revealed that her breasts were enlarged and she had unexpectedly thrown up — two very common signs of pregnancy. But Williams told Vanity Fair she didn’t think much of it, and it was her friend who went to a pharmacy and bought a pregnancy test.