Serena Williams has shared a throwback post to the day her daughter was born, in honour of her first birthday.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

The 36-year-old tennis star revealed recently that she and her husband Alexis Ohanian wouldn't be celebrating their daughter Alexis Olympia's first birthday on Saturday (01.09.18) due to their religious beliefs.

But that didn't stop her from posting a video on her Instagram story that was taken whilst she was still pregnant, on the day she went to the hospital, where she was given an emergency C-section after her heart rate dropped dangerously low during her contractions.

In the video, Serena says: "Today is the day we are going to the hospital, but later tonight. And I'm getting induced because you didn't come.

"We're just getting started. This is a production."

Earlier this week, Serena said she wouldn't be celebrating Olympia's first birthday, as both she and her husband are Jehovah's Witnesses, who don't commemorate births.

She said: "Olympia doesn't celebrate birthdays. We're Jehovah's Witnesses, so we don't do that."

The brunette beauty has been a Jehovah Witness since her mother Oracene converted to the religion in the 80s but she's only just got more "into it."

She said last year: "Being a Jehovah's Witness is important to me, but I've never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it.

"Alexis didn't grow up going to any church, but he's really receptive and even takes the lead. He puts my needs first."

Serena regularly attends church and is convinced she wouldn't have to success she does today in her sporting career if she didn't believe in God.

She explained: "I am Jehovah's Witness. If you don't believe in God - I think if you don't believe in God, it's going to be tough to live life because pretty much that's the basis of life, it comes from God.

"And so being a Jehovah's Witness, obviously we believe in God and the bible. And without Him, I wouldn't be here right now. I really thank him for everything."


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