05/04/2011 at 03:00 PM EDT
"I know that there are people out there who say that there is nothing sexy about being pregnant," says Tia Mowry. "Then there are some people who embrace the sexuality."
star, 32, decidedly falls in the latter category, having recently posed for a revealing belly photo.
"I feel empowered; I feel sexy," says Mowry, who's expecting a baby
boy on July 3.
Inspired to pose for the photo by her mother – who regrets not having taken such a shot herself – the actress admits that she's a little "obsessed" with her glammed-up pregnancy pic.
But this third trimester's not all smiles for the camera. Mowry, who is married to actor Cory Hardrict, admits that sleeping is not easy.
"I have sciatica so I've gotten those pregnancy pillows," says Mowry. "That doesn't seem to be working for me."
Add some jitters to the mix: "They say that the baby should kick 10 times every two hours," says the nervous mom-to-be. "I'm obsessed with counting
how many times the baby's kicking. So around one o’clock in the morning I’m counting in my head, not sleeping!"
Her pregnancy will be televised when the Mowry twins return to the airwaves later this summer on their new reality show, Tia & Tamera Take 2
, premiering on the Style Network.