Tika Sumpter Talks ‘Hiding Her Pregnancy’ with “Fit Pregnancy and Baby”
Tika Sumpter is just months away from giving birth to her first child. She sat down with Fit Pregnancy & Baby to discuss why she kept her little girl a secret until she was seven months in.
“She’s my first child, and I wanted to experience every moment of this pregnancy for myself and enjoy it without everybody else being in it with me,” Sumpter, told Fit Pregnancy and Baby.
“I didn’t want to hear, ‘Who’s the dad? Are you with the dad?’ Social media can be harsh, and I’m a mama bear, protective of my family,” Sumpter, 36, explains. “So that’s why I waited to tell people, including some friends.
“My friends weren’t mad at me,” she adds. “They said, ‘You did it the way you wanted to do it. You’re an inspiration.’ ”
And it was Sumpter’s boyfriend (rumored to be her co-star, Nick Young, on The Haves and Have Nots) who told her she might be pregnant.
“I found out around Valentine’s Day, when my boyfriend took me on a surprise trip to San Diego. I never want McDonald’s, but I was like, ‘I need a Big Mac, fries and a Coke now,’ ” she recalls. “They were still only serving breakfast, so I insisted we wait there until they started serving lunch.
“Afterward, I immediately fell asleep,” she continues. “When I woke up, my boyfriend was like, ‘Ha-ha! Are you pregnant?‘ I said, ‘Maybe. Go get a test!’ He brought back a generic-brand test, and right away it said positive. I could not comprehend it. So I said, ‘Go get a name-brand test!’ He did, and that one said yes too.
“I still have the stick,” Sumpter adds. “I had to show it to my mom because she didn’t even believe me when I told her.”