January 31, 2018 10:20 AM

 

Tia Mowry-Hardrict is about to become a mom for the second time, but her journey toward pregnancy was not a straightforward one.

The actress and lifestyle blogger spoke to PEOPLE Thursday at the Tia Mowry and Ford Host First-Ever Life Hack Academy Live event in celebration of the new Ford EcoSport, revealing that she and husband Cory Hardrict struggled with infertility before conceiving their daughter on the way.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to have a second child, and it’s been over seven years since my first pregnancy,” said Mowry-Hardrict, who is also mom to son Cree Taylor, 6½. “I put it off, but I did want to have another child.”

“I didn’t let my infertility issues define me or define what my goals were and what I wanted out of life,” recalls the Sister, Sister alum, 39, who previously opened up about her challenges with endometriosis. “We did try for a long time. It was hard. But I didn’t give up.”

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“That said, I just feel so much joy with [this pregnancy],” continues Mowry-Hardrict. “Also, who knows if I’ll ever be able to get pregnant again? So I am embracing and enjoying every moment.”

“Even with my fashion, I’m like, ‘I was a fashionista before — I’m gonna still be one while I’m pregnant,’ ” she says. ” ‘I’m not gonna force myself into pregnancy pants!’ “

“I just wanted to really embrace every moment and also keep moving. My first pregnancy, I was afraid to do anything, and I feel better [now] because I’m moving, dancing.”

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Luckily for the second-time mom-to-be, her son has been super sweet and supportive about his baby sister on the way.

“The first parent-teacher conference that we had, the teachers said, ‘What we notice with Cree that we don’t really notice with other kids and at such a young age, is he’s so considerate,’ ” says Mowry-Hardrict. “So with me being pregnant, he’s been so considerate.”

“He’s asking me if I’ve eaten. He’s asking me if the baby is okay, if I’m doing okay,” she explains. “He’s even asking some hard questions I didn’t have during the first pregnancy because I didn’t have a child, like, ‘Mommy, how’d the baby get in there? How’s the baby coming out?’ ”

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That doesn’t mean Cree doesn’t have a few requests, though. As the star explains, “My son is so funny. He said a few days ago, ‘Okay Mom, now that I have a sister, next time I want a brother.’ “

“I’m like, ‘Okay, now you’re just putting your order in? Okay. How about we just wait to see what happens with this one?’ ” she jokes.

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