Tika Sumpter, star of Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots on OWN TV, has taken her pregnancy into her own hands. From not telling her friends that she was pregnant, so she could avoid questions on the paternity of her baby, to embracing her new curves and eating whatever her body calls for.
“During my first trimester, I was nauseated all day. I couldn’t brush my teeth without gagging. I couldn’t eat meat other than burgers. The toilet bowl was my friend. Now, I just eat whatever I want. My body knows what it needs. Sometimes that’s a salad; sometimes it’s a milkshake, Frosted Flakes, or Kit Kats. I haven’t been working out either. After I walk my dog around the block, I’m so exhausted that I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m going to lie down.’ But I don’t care. There is nothing I feel guilty about.”
I love hearing that. It isn’t often that we hear stars say they embrace whats happening. More often than not they are focused on their next role or getting back into a bathing suit.
So when Tika found out that she had a fibroid that lay dormant until her pregnancy blossomed, she took what could have been a scary moment and took charge.
“I had a fibroid, which was dormant until I got pregnant. When my baby started growing, the fibroid did too. At five months, the pain was so bad that it brought me to tears. It felt like I was being stabbed repeatedly with a knife, and I was scared for my baby. My mom wanted me to go to the hospital, but I called my doctor first. She calmed me down and reassured me that my baby was safe and prescribed medicine to relieve my pain. Little by little, I got better. My baby’s not even here yet, but I like to think she’s already kicking butt. She’s like, ‘Excuse me, fibroid. You need to die now.’”
Feel free to read more about her pregnancy journey here.