Mommy-shaming isn’t something that just us regular ol’ moms experience. Actress and new mom Gabrielle Union got a crash course in this ugly—and totally unnecessary—side of motherhood since the birth of her daughter, Kaavia James.

In the three months following baby Kaavia’s grand debut, the social media-verse has shamed Union for what she wears, how she kisses her daughter—and much more. Well, it doesn’t look like Union is taking this trolling lightly—and we totally applaud her.

The actress/new mama told PEOPLE, “I had to hit the mommy shamers day one.” She went on to add, “I’m going to do it my way. I’m sure I’m going to make all kinds of mistakes and when I ask for help, which I will, I would love to hear all y’all’s advice. Everybody has been on my journey of pain and anguish and trauma, and I owe it to myself to enjoy every second of my joy.”

But that’s not all. Union also has a message for anyone who just can’t stop themselves from bringing the shame. “If you can’t just sit back and enjoy the miracles without offering every piece of advice Nana ever gave you, it’s okay to unfollow. It’s okay to just enjoy the ride.”

We agree 100 percent!

—Erica Loop



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