Gabrielle Union Reveals She's Had "Eight Or Nine Miscarriages"

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"So we remain here, bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we've both dreamed of", she writes.

Her real-life situation parallels her role in Being Mary Jane as Pauletta Patterson, a successful independent woman devoted to family who undergoes IVF treatment. Actress Gabrielle Union has revealed for the first time that she has endured several unsuccessful IVF cycles as well as multiple miscarriages. Wade has three children from his previous marriage and Union says that despite frequent inquiries from strangers, she'd never wanted kids until she met them. "I never wanted kids", she continues. "Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I'd rather be than with them", she said.

Union and Wade began dating in 2009 but briefly split in 2013 due to career demands.

She wrote: "I have had eight or nine miscarriages".

Gabrielle previously opened up to Redbook magazine about her struggles to fall pregnant, telling the publication: "So far, it has not happened for us".

We also applaud her for speaking so openly about her experience. "You feel like you're wearing a scarlet letter".

According to Union, one of the most hard parts of struggling with infertility is dealing with people's questions about when you're going to have kids.

Another put: "I just heard your story in #GMA, and I want you to know you're not alone in your struggle to get pregnant". "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. The 35-year-old National Basketball Association pro also has a 3-year-old son named Xavier, who lives with his mother.

The Mayo Clinic estimates that between 10 and 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, but the actual number is likely much higher, given that so many miscarriages occur before people know they're pregnant.

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