Gabrielle Union wanted nothing more than to conceive and give birth to her and husband Dwyane Wade’s baby. Unforeseen circumstances, however, made the process of giving birth naturally nearly impossible.
“The idea of [having a baby by way of a surrogate] felt like surrendering to failure,” Gabrielle shares with Women’s Health. The actress and her husband decided to use an alternative route to family expansion after Gabrielle endured eight or nine miscarriages caused by adenomyosis. Adenomyosis is a medical condition that could lead to intense period cycles in women as well as an enlarged uterus. Gabrielle was diagnosed with the condition after her miscarriages.
“There’s nothing more that I wanted than to cook my own baby,” Gabrielle tells Women’s Health. “People want to see the bump, hear that you got hemorrhoids—they want to know you’re like them,” she adds. “I was like, ‘This is going to seem like the most Hollywood sh*t ever. Will I be embraced as a mom?’ It’s terrifying.”
The terror melted away the moment that Gabrielle Union saw her precious daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is my baby,'” the celebrity mom recalls. “I wanted to fight everybody in that room for various reasons and no reason.”
While some women prefer having children in their early years, Gabrielle Union says that her having a child in her 40s is the best thing for her. “I’ve seen it. I’ve done it,” the actress says. “I’ve done it well. I’ve gotten all the T-shirts. Now I’m in the right mindset and mental space, and I’m open to being the best mom I can be.”
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