Tia Mowry-Hardrict has never been one to shy away from opening up about her post-partum experience. Recently, the actress discussed feeling ashamed over her battle with PPD.
The former Sisters, Sisters star opened up about the topic in a recent interview and photoshoot with Romper. Photos featured Mowry-Hardrict with her 8-year old son Cree Taylor and 18-month old daughter, Cairo Tiahna, both of whom she shares with her husband Cory Hardrict. During the interview segment, the mom-of-two explained that she began experiencing intense feelings of depression after the birth of her second child. She said she was constantly crying and became paranoid something was going to happen to her
“When I knew that I had postpartum [depression] … I didn’t want to admit it. It was that shame,” she explained, admitting she actively hid her feelings from her doctor. Eventually, however, she opened up to her husband and twin sister, Tamera Mowry-Housley. “They became my support system. So when I was sad or going through my emotions, I would talk about it. I didn’t suppress them. I think that helped.” By the time her daughter was 6 months, she says she began to feel like her normal self again.
Mowry-Hardrict added that getting back to work also helped her overcome her post-partum depression. “Just being on set and it not being about your boobs and a baby, it was about you again,” she said.
Mental health wasn’t the only subject the busy mom opened dup about. She also talked to Romper about her disciplinary style. “I don’t spank my kids, and in the African-American community that’s like, ‘What? Who are you? You’re not black if you don’t spank your kids,’” she explained.
Mowry-Hardrict also spoke about the subject of mom guilt, revealing she has felt “so much guilt” at certain times, especially when it came to helping her son adjust to no longer being an only child. “There was this one time in particular when I was giving Cree kisses and he goes, ‘Mommy, you give Cairo more kisses than me.’ And that hurt me,” she told the publication. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what have I done?’ … I felt so much guilt.”
We always love Mowry-Hardrict’s insights into motherhood and parenting, and that she’s unafraid to discuss her post-partum mental health journey!