By now you’ve surely heard of Latham Thomas, glow maven and prenatal wellness expert and author of Mama Glow A Hip Lifestyle Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning to conceive this book is a must have resource for all health conscious mommas-to-be!
In Mama Glow, Latham shares her holistic approach to pregnancy which she has used to educate, empower, and inspire her clients to look and feel their most radiant. Starting with Wellness B.C. (“Before Child”), Latham leads the reader on ways to make room for your pregnancy, assess your current diet, banish toxic habits, and incorporate yoga and contemplative practices into your life.
Next you’ll focus on the first trimester, when your body starts to change-along with all the common discomforts, which she’ll show you how to alleviate. Section three looks at the second trimester, with tips for finding a health-care provider for your baby, reducing stress, creating healthy meals for you and your “bun,” and Glow Potion beauty essentials. You’ll also learn to flow, practice mindfulness affirmations, and explore sex and birth.
In section four, she focuses on the final trimester: preparing for birth, labor coaches, birth plans, comfortable yoga postures, and an explanation of the anatomy of labor and birth. Ending with the postpartum section, Latham guides you back to your pre-baby body and gives tips for breastfeeding, optimal nutrition as a new mom, and stepping into the new you-navigating motherhood.
Even if you currently are not trying to actively conceive, it’s never too early to clean up your diet and banish toxic lifestyle habits such as smoking.
To get you started on your journey to optimal health, here are some of Latham’s “Glow Guidelines” excerpted from her book via Huffington Post :
Glow Guideline #1: Stay Fluid
“It is water that energizes and activates the solid matter—our bones, muscles, connective tissue, etc. If you don’t drink enough water, some functions of the body will suffer. Dehydration produces system disturbances. A well‐hydrated body will ensure better digestion, assimilation of nutrients, and a robust metabolism.”
Glow Guideline #2: Get Up and Go
“You make time for everything else you want to do, so choose to make exercise a priority by picking something that you actually enjoy doing. Then do it—in the mornings whenever possible.”
Glow Guideline #3: Eat Your Veggies
“If you’re looking for a place to start, think green. Green juice and green foods are anti‐inflammatory, antiseptic, anti‐cancer, loaded with digestive enzymes and trace minerals, that destroy toxins.”
Glow Guideline #4: Get Your Sea On
“You can get the sodium your body needs without the ill effects of salt by eating yummy sea vegetables.”
Glow Guideline #5: Soak it Out
“If you aren’t near a decent body of seawater, the bathtub is your best bet for getting minerals through your skin. It is quite nice to soak. It helps to relax your nervous system and calm your brainwaves, which is important as you prepare to conceive.”
Glow Guideline #6: Got Fat?
“Fats and oils are not evil, ladies. In fact, they are necessary for a healthy pregnancy. High temperature processing causes the weak carbon bonds of the unsaturated fatty acids to break apart (especially omega-3 fatty acid), thereby creating dangerous free radicals. This means processed oils are damaging to the reproductive organs and can cause premature wrinkling.”
Glow Guideline #7: Soy is your Frenemy
“Soy may be good for heart health, prevention of some cancers, and healthy bones, but it has been linked to allergies, thyroid issues, and negative effects on reproductive health.”
Glow Guideline #8: Super-Food Me
“Cacao is the strongest antioxidant on earth; it relaxes muscles and builds strong bones and teeth. It contains more magnesium than any other food, helping to balance brain chemistry, regulate blood pressure, and keep bowels regular.”
Glow Guideline #9: Cut the Crap
“If you have processed foods like chips, cakes, and cookies sitting around for “just in case,” kindly collect them and toss them.”
Glow Guideline #10: Call It Quits With Caffeine
“Caffeine is addictive, making it one of the most widely used lethal drugs. It can cause a number of health concerns, including interferences with iron absorption, increased heart rate and blood pressure, stomach irritation, and headaches.”
Glow Guideline #11: Know Your ABC’s
“Vitamins A, C, and E selenium are powerful antioxidants, Folic Acid is a B-complex vitamin needed by to the body to manufacture red blood cells, and Vitamin C is best taken in food rather than as a supplement. But don’t take all of your supplements at once. Minerals should be taken at night for tissue repair and cellular rejuvenation while Vitamins should be taken in the morning.”