“I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” Union said in the book. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF (in vitro fertilization) cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”
Initially, Union didn’t want children, but after raising kids with basketball player husband Dwyane Wade, she changed her mind.
Union helps parent Wade’s nephew Dahveon Morris, 16, whom he adopted, and Zaire, 15, and Zion, 10, sons from a previous marriage.
Wade is also father to a 3-year-old son, Xavier, who lives with his mother. Xavier was conceived when Union and Wade were broken up in 2013.
Now, she said she and Wade “remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of.”
“I never wanted kids,” she said. “Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them.”
Union said her struggle made questions about when she and Wade would have children challenging.
“For so many women, and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, ‘Do you want kids?’” she said. “A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say ‘no’ because that’s a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause.”
Wade responded to his wife’s public transparency on Twitter, saying, “My wife is one strong individual!!!”