Tamera Mowry-Housley: I Don’t Obsess Over My Weight While Pregnant

06/16/2015 at 07:15 PM ET

A stack of books, an impeccable nursery: Tamera Mowry-Housley started off her first pregnancy with a plan.

But now that she’s pregnant with a sibling — a girl! — for 2½-year-old son Aden John Tanner, the mom-to-be is discovering a whole new side to the experience.

“I remember being in Aden’s nursery before he was born, making sure everything was clean and tidy,” Mowry-Housley, 36, says in the July issue of American Baby.

“I was with [my twin sisterTia [Mowry-Hardrict] and she started chuckling. When I asked her why she was laughing, she said, ‘Enjoy the room and how it looks now, because once you have the baby, his stuff is going to be all over the place.’ ”

She adds, “Of course, she was right!”

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Mowry-Housley is taking a laid-back approach leading up to her daughter’s arrival. After struggling to shed her pregnancy pounds following her son’s birth, the expectant mama is prepared to take it slow.

“After Aden, I thought I’d have my flat stomach back in a month by nursing. But I didn’t! I wondered, ‘What is wrong with me?’ ” she recalls.

“But my pediatrician said that there are some women who keep on 15 lbs. when they are nursing, while others burn fat like crazy. I could not lose the last 15 lbs. until Aden was weaned.”

The Real co-host — who admits she “showed a lot sooner” this time around — takes the same approach to weight gain surrounding her baby bump. “Every woman carries pregnancy differently,” she explains. “I carry big. It doesn’t matter how much I eat or exercise, I make big babies.”

And in between dodging husband Adam Housley‘s strong cologne and chasing after a toddler, Mowry-Housley is finding out entirely new perks to having play dates while pregnant.

“Tia’s son, Cree, and my son, Aden, are the cutest when they’re together,” she shares. “When the cousins see each other, that’s when Tia and I actually get a break because the boys don’t want us — they just want to be able to play with each other.”

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— Anya Leon

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Courtney on

Congrats Tamera on the 2nd time around! I love her spirit! I grew up watching her on TV and have enjoyed following her career. She presents such a positive image of a woman and motherhood! Best of luck and continue making us proud!

Anonymous on

I love her! She is so cute and funny.
She is one celebrity who seems very grounded and sweet

KL on

She looks amazing!! and ready to pop!

Jennifer on

Tamera you look great. And that’s the best idea you’ve had about not worrying about your baby bump. You’re supposed to get big you’re pregnant. When I was pregnant with my first son my favorite thing to do was eat.

SFK on

Love her and her sister! Such beautiful, down-to-earth women! She looks adorable in that cover outfit. ❤

Esther on

That baby girl is almost here and I can’t wait to see pics of her! Hope you all display her in a page or two, PEOPLE mag!

melissa bailey on

She looks beautiful and so happy.

Kerri on

Why do you cover C-list former celebs about babies, weight-loss or other?? Who cares?! Seriously. Is THIS how they make money? By whoring out their family lives?

Kerri on

These C Listers need to go away . Far far away.

Anonymous on

Will you go away too Kerri?

Faith on

I was just asking my daughter how is their cousin who used to appear on their reality show (He was funny)!! I was just watching Tia’s cooking show with her dad fellow vet! OMG Tamera walking down the aisle with her dad to Train’s (Yes my told you we need that Greatest Hits hahaha) Marry Me was soooo sweet! When we lived in England my best friend (RIP) used to send my girls tapes of Sister Sister. We lived in Germany as well! LOVE Housley when I saw him reporting from my hometown St. Louis (Ferguson) during riots! Congrats on baby!

Guest on

LOVE the twins!!!

Lol on

She’s so sweet and innocent. She always wanted to be a mother. Congrats on the pregnancy.

Mandy on

I love her! I’ve grown up watching Tia, Tamera and Tahj and I am happy to see all three siblings doing well for themselves. I cannot wait to see her little girl, Aden is such a cutie and I am sure her little girl will be gorgeous.