Gabrielle Union Covers Women’s Health Magazine

Posted on February 07, 2019

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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