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Glowing While Growing

Latham Thomas teaches us all about the Mama Glow and shares the top five foods every woman should eat when trying to conceive.

Glowing While Growing

If you have even thought about having a baby, you have probably already heard of Latham Thomas. The pregnancy guru has held a strong belief that food is a mechanism for health and healing since a young age (she became a vegan at age 12), and began incorporating yoga and meditation into her life as she grew older.

“Ultimately my pregnancy with Fulano would spark a movement within me to bring all of this wisdom into a methodology that could help women of my generation,” says Thomas. And so Mama Glow was born. “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. I didn’t name my book after the company, I named it after a lifestyle. One that I live, preach and teach.”

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A true California girl at heart, who after 14 years in New York City finally considers herself “an almost New Yorker,” Thomas tells us a little more about Mama Glow (the book and lifestyle), plus helps answer a few questions for our Well Rounded NY-ers trying to conceive in this big city.

Why did you write 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, and I wanted to share a story that wasn’t fear-based or hokey — one that spoke to modern women living in big cities and in suburbs to address all aspects of their self care.

Tell us about the Mama Glow lifestyle.

Mama Glow is a certain radiance that overcomes a woman who is happy, healthy and feeling fulfilled in her life. I associate the glow with lifestyle choices aligned with well-being. It can be witnessed in beaming bright eyes, vibrant skin and shimmering hair. Most of all, Mama Glow is about owning your fierce power and femininity, and embracing the awesomeness of motherhood.

How does yoga (versus other forms of exercise) benefit women who are trying to conceive?

Yoga is beneficial because it really prepares the body, mind and spirit for what lies ahead. Yoga helps to center our breathing, decrease stress and regulate your mood. It also stimulates blood flow to the reproductive center, and contributes to hormonal balance. Yoga can increase libido, increasing chances of fertility as well.

What challenges does living in New York City raise for women trying to conceive?

There is pollution, fast-paced living, unhealthy food choices, late night hours, high stress work environments... all of which can wreak havoc on the body. But it’s all a choice. You can create healthy boundaries to work toward preparing your body.

How does Mama Glow speak to those challenges?

The Mama Glow plan is a comprehensive wellness plan that works wonders if you apply it properly. I am convinced that the adaptogenic qualities of the glow foods like maca, for instance, work on balancing out the areas that need most attention. Whatever your age, you can embark upon this journey, and if you do the work, you will see tangible results unfold. If you are having a baby later in life, the “Glitz, Glimmer, Glow Cleanse” is essential for setting yourself up for success. It’s also a great plan postnatal, once you’re all done with breastfeeding, if you have a few extra pounds to shed.

What are the top five foods women should eat when trying to prepare for pregnancy?

Glow foods are rich in nutrients, and are easy to digest and assimilate. They don’t cause wacky cravings, constipation or indigestion, and they are absorbed slowly by the body, keeping insulin levels low. Glow foods promote optimal circulation of oxygen and nutrients to cells, healthy hormonal balance, and promote healthy weight maintenance. My picks are quinoa, pumpkin seeds, leafy greens, avocado and almonds.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

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Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

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Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

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If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

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Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

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There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

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Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

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When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

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Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

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Washable Breast Pads

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Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

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Breast Milk Storage Bags

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The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

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