American Actress, Gabrielle Union welcomed her first child with husband, Dwayne Wade in 2018 via surrogacy.
The 46-year-old actress recently sat down with Women’s Health magazine to chat about her infertility struggles, what she looked for in a surrogate, and how she’s raising baby Kaavia, and moms new and old can definitely learn a thing or two from her revelations.
Read excerpts below.
On her fertility problems:
“There’s nothing more than I wanted than to cook my own baby…the idea of it felt like surrendering to failure.”
On maintaining an active lifestyle:
“I need sun. I need Vitamin D on my face. Give me a trail, a park, a walk down the street with the dogs, a breeze, rain. I’ll go hike. I’ll get a lawn chair and sit outside my trailer so I’m not trapped inside.”
On choosing a surrogate for her daughter:
“Some people care about the race, religion, or food habits of their surrogate. I was like, ‘I want a reader.’”
On how it was tough to overcome the public opinions:
“People want to see the bump, hear that you got hemorrhoids—they want to know you’re like them. 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.”
On the birth of her daughter:
“I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is my baby. I wanted to fight everybody in that room for various reasons and no reason.”