Gabrielle Union covers the March 2019 issue of Women’s Health magazine photographed by Peggy Sirota.
On her fertility problems, surrogacy, and an Adenomyosis diagnosis: “There’s nothing more that I wanted than to cook my own baby…the idea of it felt like surrendering to failure.”
On choosing a surrogate: “Some people care about the race, religion, or food habits of their surrogate. I was like, ‘I want a reader.’”
On her fear of the public’s reaction to her surrogate pregnancy: “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 shit ever. Will I be embraced as a mom? It’s terrifying.”
On how becoming a mother in her 40s proved to be the right time for Gabrielle: “Any earlier and the FOMO would have greatly influenced how I parented. I’ve seen it. I’ve done it. 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.”
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 working out with husband Dwayne Wade and family: “Training together, struggling, failing, trying to be better—it’s been a cool thing that doesn’t feel like, ‘Let’s go talk about our feelings.’ It’s like, I’m a cool mom!’”
On raising her daughter as an approachable parent: “I want to let her be free. I want to instill in her morals, values. And then I want to give her space to fill in those gaps, fall on her ass, and make mistakes. Get an F because she didn’t study. Pick the wrong dude. Pick the wrong friends and figure it out. I don’t want to be super judge-y.”
On the side effects of IVF: “My face looked like the surface of the moon, small chunks of hair were falling out. At 9 a.m. I had a flat stomach. By noon, I looked like I was 5 months pregnant.”
On seeing a nutritionist to get her body back on track: “She said, ‘Cut out gluten, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine and see if the swelling alleviates and it helps with your skin and hair.’ I felt like she was trying to torture me.” But after only a few days, she noticed a big difference. “So I did it for 6 weeks. Then I was like, ‘I need a drink!’
On her motivation for early morning sweat sessions, including 15 to 20 minutes of cardio daily plus strength training and Pilates: “You know when you swing your legs off the side of the bed? That’s when you really think about life’s decisions. How much would it cost if I cancel? What does traffic look like? Should I go back to sleep? I don’t leave people hanging.”
On the thrill of having her own production company, I’ll Have Another: “Creating opportunities, especially for creatives of color, to start careers, advance, get paid—it’s the best.”
[Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota/Women’s Health Magazine]
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