I recently had the pleasure of interviewing wellness expert Latham Thomas, Founder of Mama Glow.
A graduate of Columbia University & The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham is a maternity lifestyle maven, wellness & birth coach, yoga teacher, and author on the vanguard of transforming the maternal wellness movement. Her practice provides support to pre/postnatal women along their journey to motherhood offering culinary and nutritional services, yoga, and birth coaching services.
Latham has a book called Mama Glow which I absolutely wanted to share with my expecting mama’s out there. Learn more about her book and practice below!
What inspired you to write your fabulous book Mama Glow?
I felt compelled to write Mama Glow because I didn’t have a guide to work with when I was pregnant. I was figuring it out as I went along. I want women to not only feel supported and empowered but mobilized to take healthy action in their lives and make choices aligned with a positive set of beliefs. I wanted to promote green living, I wanted to share a different story, one that wasn’t fear based, one that spoke to modern women living in big cities and in suburbs to address all aspects of their self care – in the kitchen, on the mat, and in their lives.
What can expecting mothers expect from reading your book?
Mama Glow takes a unique spin on pregnancy. It’s about celebrating and becoming the best iteration of yourself. I breakdown the information into three sections – in the kitchen, on the mat, and in your life. It’s about fostering a powerful connection with your body and feeling radiant from within. I am about empowering women along this journey. The book is a reflection of what I do with my private clients around the world.
You encourage practicing yoga in your book and mentioned seven principles to follow, what are they?
Yoga and mindfulness is one of the three pillars in the book. The 7 Key Principals of Mama Glow Prenatal Yoga are:
- Flexibility: This means living with balance and suppleness of mind, body, and attitude.
- Gratitude: See each moment of your pregnancy and your baby’s life as a total gift.
- Intention: Be clear about what you want during your pregnancy and in your life. Set a clear vision of what you want, and align your actions with the fulfillment of that intention.
- Glow Power: This is unconditional and expansive love, living fruitfully and healthily, celebrating your pregnancy, and sharing your abundant light with those around you—infecting others with your glow.
- Mindfulness: This is really about stepping into the now, not being stuck in the past or worrying about the future.
- Opening: It’s just like it sounds: opening up means allowing yourself to expand in heart, mind, spirit, and in the body.
- Tuning Inside: Tuning inside means turning your senses inward. Being able to go inside yourself will allow you to hear the voice of your primal power guiding you through the birth.
You also have a company named Mama Glow. What specific moment inspired you to start your company?
The birth of my son was the inspiration for Mama Glow.
What experience can expecting mothers expect from working with you and what services do you offer?
Mama Glow is about supporting women as they explore optimal wellness. I offer nutrition counseling and culinary support, yoga, doula services, and events for women – expectant and new moms. Women can expect us to hold their hand along the journey. Mama Glow is a lifestyle- one that I live, I preach, and I teach.
What are your top health tips expecting moms?
- Preconception detoxification – which I outline in the pre-pregnancy section of the book.
- A healthy plant based diet of whole foods with a focus on what I’ve termed “glow foods” for optimal wellness and stay hydrated.
- Yoga or other dynamic movement supporting your joints, muscles and needs of your changing body.
- Glow time – taking personal time to focus on you – that’s right be selfish! Take baths, get a massage, get your hair blown out and your nails done, do a facial at home, relaxing and decompressing helps to reduce stress- putting yourself first is one of the most important things you can learn while pregnant.
I had to ask you this: I’ve heard a bunch of expecting mothers say “Now I have to eat for two.” You and I both know that isn’t the case. Can you set the record straight on how many extra calories they should be consuming?
In the book I discuss this. You need an extra 300 calories a day once you hit middle of the second trimester- for sure by the 3rd trimester as the baby puts on all of its weight in the final trimester. You don’t need to eat double- 300 calories is a smoothie or a slice of toast with almond butter on it- really a snack.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Mama Glow celebrated the launch of their new NON-TOXIC Pregnancy Guide in partnership with the Environmental Working Group. EWG is the nation’s leading and most effective environmental heath, research, and advocacy organization and we are so proud to have them as one of our partners. Their mission is to conduct original and game-changing research that inspires people, businesses, and governments, to take action to protect human health and the environment.
Our Non-Toxic pregnancy guide is a 20 page semi-glossy and includes: 9 Glow Tips for Your 9 Months and explores simple and effective ways you can avoid toxins in your daily life and maintain a healthy pregnancy. The guide will soon be available digitally through Mama Glow and EWG.
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