Serena Williams Asked Twitter for Pregnancy Advice, and Everyone Was Actually Sweet and Helpful
Twitter is a tough place for pregnant women, especially famous ones. Everyone really wants to give pregnancy advice to complete strangers. I thought it was annoying when I’d go to the grocery store and someone would tell me I needed to wear a coat over my belly (in 90+ degree weather in August) so “the baby doesn’t catch cold.” That’s nothing compared to the backseat driving pregnant celebrities endure. Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, and Beyonce could all write books about the way strangers poke their noses into your uterus while you are a famous pregnant woman. That’s why it’s so surprising that Serena Williams actually invited pregnancy advice when she asked Twitter for assistance with an embarrassing problem. And Twitter helped out!
Any tips on how to turn over at night? ?I'm having trouble from going from my left ….to my right…. to my left side. ??
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 19, 2017
Serena Williams is in that massively pregnant phase where you can’t lie comfortably in one position very long, but you can’t easily turn over, either. It’s exceptionally annoying. (Also I’m relieved to see that also happens to the greatest athletes in the entire world, not just ordinary people who maybe don’t exercise as much as they should.)
Twitter was ready with pregnancy advice.
Just throw a backhand and your body will follow. Strange to give a woman advice on how to move when she moves better than any other human.
— @FutureIsFemale ???? (@BeaBiez) July 19, 2017
A few people replied that Serena Williams should not be turning back and forth at all, because they heard that lying on the left side is better for the fetus. People told me that all the time while I was pregnant. But staying on one side while pregnant gets uncomfortable very quickly.
Lay on your left side and put a pillow between your legs. I only lay on my left side it's best for the baby. I believe it's blood flow.
— Hazel Clark Mac OLY (@hazelclarktv) July 19, 2017
An OBGYN piped in after that to say that it’s OK to sleep on whichever side is comfortable during pregnancy. Sleeping on your right side is totally fine.
As an OB, yes to speaking up re right-side sleeping in pregnancy. Unfounded fears about blood flow to baby – just find what's comfy for you!
— Chitra Akileswaran (@chitra_mdmba) July 19, 2017
Oh goodness, I remember those days. My key was to roll onto my back first, then rest for a minute before rolling to the other side.
— dystopian meh (@mharvey816) July 19, 2017
Roll on your back, Mama…then roll right/then back/ then left. You have to sing the lyrics to the Tootsie Roll! I don't make the rules.
— Tangela Ekhoff (@tangelaekhoff) July 19, 2017
Even the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology chimed in to help out.
— RoyalCollegeObsGyn (@RCObsGyn) July 19, 2017
Of course the best reply was the one who told Williams to wake up her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and make him help.
— Renee-amanda Heywood (@renzii) July 19, 2017
Especially because Ohanian agrees!
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. ? (@alexisohanian) July 19, 2017
Aw, they’re so cute. Williams and Ohanian are my new favorite celebrity couple. There’s just something so moving about millionaires in love.