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Drew and Gabrielle Union on Perimenopause Weight Gain and the Early Signs of it

Drew:…I wanna add just a quick note. When I am stressed, the cortisol in my belly gets so bad that I can look anywhere from six to eight months pregnant and it happens quite often to me and I have to change my diet, really reset everything. And then I get back to center.

Gabrielle: It felt like it happened overnight. It was twenty seven pounds in what felt like overnight and I reached out to a healthcare professional and they were like, ‘First things first no gluten, no dairy, no alcohol, no caffeine.’ I was like three out of four I feel like I could try…


Gabrielle On The Emotional Rollercoaster of Menopause & How To Release Some of That Energy 

Drew: Did you talk to your mom about it?

Gabrielle: Yeah. I was about thirty seven, I was like, ‘Something doesn’t feel right,’ and my mom was like, ‘I don’t know,’ so I went to the doctor and they were like, ‘You’re technically in perimenopause.’ I didn’t have any of these symptoms, something just felt a little off and it wasn’t until mid-forties that I was like, ‘Mom give me something,’ and she was like, ‘Okay yeah my hair fell out in chunks.’…all these things no one talks about it. They’d rather just say that you’re crazy or bitter…

Drew: I took a walk in the park this morning because I was just struggling so much. You go through an emotional roller coaster and you don’t know what’s happening and there aren’t indicators there to help it make sense to you so you just do whatever it is you can to be calmer so that you will be better for yourself as well as those around you.

Gabrielle:…I go to the bathroom and I listen to my favorite sad song, like the song you listen to to make you cry and I just cry and I’m able to release something. You know when you wake up and you’re like, ‘I wish somebody would. Today is the day. If you want that action I’ll give it you.’ I’m like let me just release some of that with my earbuds and that at least lets a little air out of the balloon.

Drew: You went into the bathroom and cried, I took a walk in the park. But it was something I did for myself and all those around me.


Drew Understands Why Adele Would Stop Her Vegas Show Upon Seeing Her OBGYN

Ross:…Has that ever happened to you that you saw someone in the crowd that you know?

Drew: No but it did make me think of my OB with my first daughter Olive, she had a male partner and I ended up having a C-section and she said, ‘I have to pull my partner in to perform the C-section,’ and I was like, ‘No no I don’t want a man in there I want only women I just want to feel comfortable,’ and she was like, ‘I can’t do it then,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ and she was like, ‘If you want me to perform an intense surgery like a cesarean I want my partner there who I know is the very best and if the hospital has someone show up I don’t know their qualifications so I don’t want to put myself or you in that situation,’ so I was like, ‘Okay.’ By the way the gentleman was the greatest thing, but this is probably why it’s emotional attachment the birth of your child. This can go so medically correct or terrifying and it’s the most intimate relationship so maybe I’m living my own experience but I understand why Adele would stop her show and be like, ‘Oh my god,’ because it’s a life changing thing.


Drew Surprises the Illinois Teacher of The Year with a Special Message From Her Mentors and a Donation to Her Foundation