Actress Tia Mowry is the cover story for Romper Magazine’s Holiday Issue, where she opens up about battling postpartum depression after the birth of her kids, and her love for the Christmas holiday.
Three months after daughter Cairo was born, Tia’s husband, Cory Hardrict left to film a television show in Puerto Rico. Alone with two small children, Mowry became overwhelmed, feeling what she describes as both anxiety and a deep sadness. Her rational mind knew that everything around her was “fine”; still, she couldn’t stop crying. She had intrusive thoughts, worried her baby would be smothered during the night. Like many women, she lied to her doctor about her symptoms.
“When I knew that I had postpartum [depression]… I didn’t want to admit it. It was that shame,” she says.
It wasn’t until one of Cree’s caretakers confronted Mowry, noting that she had barely left the house in a month, that Mowry knew it was time to face the truth about her suffering.
I didn’t know how much power I had.
“I told my sister about it. I told my husband about it, and I told my friends about it,” she says. “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.”
On the Christmas season… The actress, who was raised in a very religious household, loves everything about the most wonderful time of the year!
“It’s a very magical time of year for me,” she told the publication sharing her favorite Christmas albums…in order — Mariah Carey, Celine Dion (“I will listen to her album even when it’s not Christmas”), and Boyz II Men.
What does her Christmas celebration look like?
She told the publication that she typically spends Christmas with Tamera and her family somewhere relaxing, like Hawaii or Ojai. She loves to pick out a tree as a family, and then decorate it while Christmas music plays. She bakes Christmas cookies, makes hot chocolate from scratch.