Tia Mowry, the actress, mother, wife and twin to Tamera Mowry has always been fly. “The Game” and “The Real” talk show star just revealed a 68-pound weight-loss transformation. On Tuesday, the actress posted a picture of herself slim and trim with a lengthy caption about her weight loss progress after giving birth to her daughter Cairo in 2018.
The post-partum picture gives way to a bigger issue going on in the world of moms: body-shaming after pregnancy. It seems as though in this time of the “insta-generation” everything has to be now: my movies, my career, and even your snapback, post-baby body.
Mowry took this head-on when she posted on social media.
“To all the women who are feeling pressured after birth. Do YOU! Do what makes YOU proud and do it in YOUR time. Not anyone else’s,” she wrote.
“I’ve lost to date 68 pounds since giving birth to my daughter,” she continued. “I’m very proud that I did it my way and in my time. I didn’t feel rushed to snap back. I enjoyed breastfeeding and spending quality time with #cairo and my son #cree,” wrote Mowry on her Instagram.
The 42-year-old actor, who also rocked a few gray curls in her pic, went on to remind new moms to ignore the pressure to lose pregnancy weight quickly.
“I was called #fat during my #pregnancy and I was called #fat after my #pregnancy. Why do we do this to each other? Instead of #love one another other? I will never understand that. I intentionally documented my journey and became vulnerable to show #women that it’s okay to go at your own pace, it is okay to love yourself no matter where you are in your journey,” she wrote.
“Do not fold to societal pressures,” she advised mothers everywhere. Mowry ended her post by saying she embraced her body just as it was.
“After hard work with just diet and exercise, today I’m closer to my goal,” she wrote. “Do I have loose skin and stretch marks? YES. Guess what?? I LOVE all me and I want you to love all of you too.”
Tia’s Health Journey
In July 2018, Mowry was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a condition in which a mom’s blood sugar levels become too high during pregnancy. Although gestational diabetes typically goes away on its own, it boosts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Mowry shared a video of her working out postpartum following her diagnosis. “I was lost for words. Never ever did I think, THIS could happen to me,” she wrote. “Time to get back on track. Making healthy choices and moving.”
“I intentionally documented my journey and became vulnerable to show women that it’s okay to go at your own pace, it is okay to love yourself no matter where you are in your journey,” she continued. “Do not fold to societal pressures. After hard work with just diet and exercise, today I’m closer to my goal. Do I have loose skin and stretch marks? YES. Guess what?? I LOVE all me and I want you to love all of you too.”
5 Tips for Women with Gestational Diabetes
Eat Healthy Foods
Eat healthy foods from a meal plan made for a person with diabetes. A dietitian can help you create a healthy meal plan. Learn more about diabetes meal planning.
A dietitian can also help you learn how to control your blood sugar while you are pregnant. To find a registered dietician near you, please visit The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics websiteexternal icon.
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Exercise is another way to keep blood sugar under control. It helps to balance food intake. After checking with your doctor, you can exercise regularly during and after pregnancy. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week. This could be brisk walking, swimming, or actively playing with children.Learn more about physical activity during pregnancy »
Monitor Blood Sugar Often
Because pregnancy causes the body’s need for energy to change, blood sugar levels can change very quickly. Check your blood sugar often, as directed by your doctor.
Take Insulin, If Needed
Sometimes a woman with gestational diabetes must take insulin. If insulin is ordered by your doctor, take it as directed in order to help keep blood sugar under control.
Get Tested for Diabetes after Pregnancy
Get tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after your baby is born, and then every 1 to 3 years. For most women with gestational diabetes, the diabetes