The Ride Along star was surprised to discover she was expecting earlier this year (16) and went out of her way to keep the news a secret from family and friends, while struggling with chronic nausea.

"I was nauseated all day," she tells Fit Pregnancy & Baby magazine. "I couldn't brush my teeth without gagging. I couldn't eat meat other than burgers. The toilet bowl was my friend."

And she also struggled with a fibroid, which was dormant until she fell pregnant: "When my baby started growing, the fibroid did too," she explains. "At five months, the pain was so bad that it brought me to tears. It felt like I was being stabbed repeatedly with a knife, and I was scared for my baby.

"My mum wanted me to go to the hospital, but I called my doctor first. She calmed me down and reassured me that my baby was safe and prescribed medicine to relieve my pain. Little by little, I got better."

Tika reveals she's expecting a baby girl and she already has a dream delivery in mind, adding, "I'd maybe have some contractions and then my baby would come out with Bach playing in the background, my boyfriend holding my hand, and my doula rubbing my back.

"In reality, I realise it may turn out differently. Giving birth naturally would be great, but my boyfriend knows that if I say I need drugs, then I need them. I have a high threshold for pain, but it's not like I win anything for putting myself through that. Plans are just plans. I know everything can change."

The actress, who is currently playing First Lady Michelle Obama in Southside With You, has yet to identify the father of the child, but fans have speculated the lucky man is her The Haves and Have Nots co-star, Nick James.