Actress-turned-author Tia Mowry writes about pregnancy and motherhood in her new book, Oh, Baby! Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another. In an interview with NPR this week, Tia, whose son Cree is 10 months old, chatted about morning sickness, mothers-in-law and what prompted her to share her story.
On writing her book: “when I was pregnant – you know, and especially if it’s your first baby, you’re anxious, you’re nervous, you’re scared and the first thing that you do is you just go out there and you just buy all of the pregnant books that are out there on the shelves. And I just found out that all of them were extremely medically driven and they just focused on all of the scary stuff that goes on through pregnancy.
And I was like, I don’t really need to be reminded of this. I’m already scared as it is. I need, you know, someone to just talk to me and just, you know, make me feel like – you know, you’re just talking to their girlfriend. And it needed to be fun, informative at the same time and that’s why I decided to write this book because I felt like that’s what was missing.”
On the worst part of pregnancy: “The worst part about pregnancy would definitely have to be my nausea. I don’t know why it’s just called morning sickness because morning sickness never just happened in the morning for me and it’s not happening just in the morning for my sister. She’s pregnant, four months right now. Mine happened in the morning, afternoon and in the evening and, not only did it just happen in the first trimester, it happened throughout my whole entire pregnancy. I’m like, dang, how come nobody told me about this?”
On her pregnancy advice: “For women who are pregnant, sometimes, when you’re pregnant, everybody, especially your mother-in-law, you sister-in-law who’s already had kids – they kind of want to throw all of their ways on how they had a child, whether that’s make sure you breastfeed or make sure you don’t get an epidural. You know, it’s up to you. This is your baby. You have the right to do whatever you want and if you have a mother-in-law that’s constantly pointing her finger, don’t argue with her. Just smile and nod and just say, OK. Thank you. Because you don’t want to get into an argument. You’re pregnant. You don’t need to be stressed.”
You can read the transcript of Tia’s entire interview at NPR.org