When Tia Mowry was pregnant and confused about what the heck was going on with her body, there wasn’t lots of info out there that answered her questions. Her new book will make sure that’s not the case for other expectant moms.
“There weren’t that many books that catered to my fears, needs and questions. I didn’t want to go back to school and feel like I had to cram. I wanted to know the information now,” said Tia, who plans for her book, Oh, Baby, to address things most pregnancy books don’t.
“I talk about things people don’t talk about. For first-time moms, it’s scary. You don’t really know what you’re going through. It’s funny. They call it ‘expecting,’ but you don’t know what to expect,” said Tia, who described having a bloody nose and calling her doctor only to learn that’s a normal side effect of pregnancy. “Nobody told me that,” she told Sister 2 Sister.
Tia, who said she and husband, actor Cory Hardrict, are the ones who wake up every few hours during the night to feed their newborn Cree, said she’s not writing the book for her fellow celebrities who have 24-hour help with their babies.
“I don’t know how the celebrities do it,” she said in reference to how quickly Hollywood moms snap back into top physical shape after childbirth.
Tia said she’s currently working on shrinking her belly, and she’s learned it takes six weeks for normal people, herself included.
“I’m trying to reach out to the normal people” with this book, she said.
As for motherhood, Tia described it as “amazing,” “beautiful,” “wonderful” and “exhausting.”
However, she wanted to clarify: “The book I’m writing is a book on pregnancy, not motherhood. I haven’t gone through [motherhood] yet. That’ll be the next book,” she said.
—Tracy L. Scott