The road of expectancy took a scary turn near the end of Zoe Saldana’s journey. The Guardians of the Galaxy star tells Allure magazine that she underwent an emergency C-section to ensure that her sons, Cy and Bowie, were healthy.
“The boys came at 32 weeks,” Zoe says. “They found protein in my urine; my platelets crashed. I didn’t qualify for an epidural, so I delivered under general anesthetic. I didn’t even meet them until a day later.”
Although she and her husband, Marco Perego, have thick skin, the couple allowed themselves to have a moment. “I think the boys were 3 or 4 months old, and one morning I woke up with just this flood of emotions,” Saldana shares. “[Marco] had them, too, and we were able to have our deconstruction session in the bathroom while they were napping, to say to each other, ‘Holy s—, did we come close to it all changing forever?’ We allowed ourselves to have a moment of ‘poor us.’ And that was it. Then somebody cried, and it was ‘Got to go!’”
Now, nearly two years later, Zoe is in the swing of mothering two kids. “Everybody told me, ‘Oh, don’t worry, I know you hate changing diapers, but when you have your own kid,” she says. “Well, guess what? I had my own kids, and I will do whatever I need to do to not change a dirty diaper.”
Cy and Bowie were born in 2014. They will celebrate their second birthdays in November.