New mum America Ferrera isn’t worried about shedding her pregnancy pounds because she is more focused on rebuilding her body’s strength.
The former Ugly Betty star gave birth to her first child, a son named Sebastian, with her husband Ryan Piers Williams in May (18), and now she’s more settled into life as a mum, America is starting to turn her attention to her own body.
“I’m just now starting to feel like I want to feel strong in my body again,” she tells Health magazine.
“I didn’t work out as much as I imagined I would during my pregnancy. I was in triathlon shape when I got pregnant. I had so much on my plate and something had to give.”
Despite being less active than she had planned, the 34 year old found herself feeling “really powerful and healthy” as she nurtured her unborn child.
“You create life. I found so much power in that,” gushes America, who is still breastfeeding her boy.
Motherhood has also affected the way the actress approaches her diet: “I have changed my relationship to food. I swore off (weighing) scales a long time ago,” she shares. “More than anything, I just try to be aware of how does what I eat make me feel? Do I feel better? Do I feel energized? Does this make me tired and not feel great?”
The star has also adopted a more relaxed approach to other aspects of her life, and is just determined to do her best with every task she faces.
“I try to go easy on myself,” she explains. “I think that’s been one of the mantras for me in all of motherhood – to try and not be so hard on myself. Which is a challenge because, like so many women, I demand so much more of myself than I would ever demand of someone else.”
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