Gabrielle Union Says Motherhood Later in Life Is ‘Worth it’: ‘I Became a Mom at the Right Time’

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GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Gabrielle Union and Kaavia James are seen during the Launch of New Adventure Training Program with Gabrielle Union at Great Wolf Lodge on September 14, 2023 in Garden Grove, California. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Gabrielle Union is proud of her decision to have a child later in life.

On Friday, Oct 6, the actress posted a video on her Instagram and said that she became a mom at the right time” because she was “healed” from past traumas. Being healed has allowed her to not pass on any traumas to her four-year-old, Kaavia James.

“People always ask, ‘Is it worth it? Having kids later in life? There’s a lot that goes into that answer,” Union said in the video as she stood in a dressing room applying cream. “But in a nutshell: hell yeah, it’s been worth it.”

Union welcomed Kaavia via surrogate in November 2018 with husband Dwyane Wade, 41, after the couple married in 2014. The actress is also stepmom to Wade’s children, Zaire, 21, and Zaya, 16, shared with ex-wife Siovaughn Funches, and Xavier, 9, with Aja Metoyer.

“It’s changed my life in so many wondrous ways that it does make me wish I had done it earlier, just so I have even more time with Kaav. I even have more time as a mom,” Union continued.

The actress shared that just ten years ago, she was not in a place to take care of herself. “Had I been a day younger, certainly 10, 15, 20 years before, I would’ve passed along way too many traumatic things to my child.”

“Choosing to heal past traumas was the best preparation for motherhood @theproudlyco,” Union added in the caption for the post, which was shared in collaboration with PROUDLY, her baby care brand co-founded with her husband Wade.