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Deborah Cox: Grammy Winning Sensation, Mom of 3

 dc092-553x332.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                     Deborah Cox: Grammy Winning Sensation, Mom of 3: "Until You Have Your Own Children, You Don’t Realize How Much You Can Reprioritize. Other Things Are Just Not as Important."

Celebrity Mom of Three Deborah Cox Talks About Breastfeeding, the After-Baby Body and Keeping A Marriage Strong

Deborah Cox, the 34-year old singer, songwriter and Clive Davis protégé knows a little something about blockbuster hits. After all, her songs have been topping the R&B and dance charts for years. But her latest release, six-month old Kaila is one of her proudest productions yet. Kaila joins big brother Isaiah, 5, big sister, Sumayah, 2 ½, to give Cox another round of changed priorities. “Now that I have kids I try to carve out more family time. I was very driven and focused on my career. I was always on the road. I feel like I missed out on family time and quality time.  Now, it’s very important to me to have my family time as well,” she says.  As she prepares for a new tour and the upcoming release of her Christmas album, Cox and her husband are keeping the family together.  Cox spoke with Kimberly about the mommy life:

Her Formula for a Healthy Pregnancy: “I was pretty disciplined to eat healthy, focusing on good calories not junk food. I never binged on donuts or chocolate. My slacking off was like eating potato chips. And my husband was there reminding me to stay on the healthy track.”

Giving Baby Breast: “I am big believer in breastfeeding. My oldest was breastfed for 9 months, my second for 6 months and I will try to nurse Kayla for 6 months. At the end of the day, it’s a big sacrifice but you have healthier kids.”

Keeping Her Marriage Strong:  “It’s important to carve out time and have those date nights with your husband. Go to the movies. Do the fun things you did when you first met. When you keep that part of your relationship intact, it feeds and nurtures your marriage.”

Staying Stress-Free: “Yoga really helped me stay stress free and relaxed. I also get up at around 5:00 a.m. every morning for my “me time.” I usually meditate, read the Bible, do deep breathing exercise and just be still.”

The After-Baby Body:  “I don’t stress myself out about getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. My weight was the belly and booty. I’m not forcing it; I just let it happen naturally. While I was breastfeeding, a lot of the weight dropped off. You don’t have to force it. Don’t try to live up to the celebrity body. The average woman is not a size two. She is a woman with hips, thighs, stomach and a booty and we just don’t have a lot of those images on TV and in magazines.  Remember, celebrities are not the norm.

On Being a Mom: “Until you have your own children, you don’t realize how much you can reprioritize. Things that once seemed important, just aren’t as important as being attentive to your kids and making sure they are okay.”

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