gabrielle union*It’s getting to be about that time for Gabrielle Union to think about motherhood, she told Essence.

She said in the past, being a mom was basically out of the question, but now is the time in her life to begin making that move.

“I was never someone who thought about having kids,” she says. “I mean, they’re great in theory, but I never imagined having one [myself]. Maybe over the next five years I could wrap my brain around becoming a mother and what that would mean in terms of sacrifice and dedication. I don’t do anything impulsively, so more toward the five years out than the one-year.”

Union is getting a little experience as she’s helping her man Dwyane Wade raise his two young children.

With motherhood on the membrane, Union confesses she understands life will change dramatically, and she’ll have to put some things aside to raise the babies.

“When you prioritize children over yourself, your brand and career, wants, needs, hurts, desires, you always win.”