Learning to Thrive Through Motherhood

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Words by Crystal Karges // Images by Elizabeth Romeka

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For years of my life, I struggled with a debilitating eating disorder that took so much away from me and my loved ones. Thankfully, I found healing from this mental illness and learned how to develop a more peaceful relationship with both food and my body. However, the consequences of the eating disorder were unavoidable as I slowly healed from the years of damage in both my body and mind.

I’ll never forget when my doctor looked me square in the eyes and told me that I might never be able to have children. But my story did not end there. Fast forward to today, as we anticipate the birth of our 5th baby, the miraculous process of pregnancy in my once broken body has not ceased to amaze me.

Through my experience with a chaotic and destructive relationship with food and body, as well as my healing process, I realized that I was not alone in this journey. Becoming a mother further intensified my hope and desire to raise healthy children and cultivate a deeply nurturing relationship with food and their bodies. I knew this had to stem from my own commitment for caring for myself, in body, mind, and spirit, and nurturing myself in a way so that I could give back to my loved ones in a meaningful way.

In the face of information overwhelm and a pervasive diet culture, I also came to find that this is much easier said than done. Most mothers are trying to navigate their lives from a place of total exhaustion, and many are constantly running at a deficit. With the neverending to-do lists and multiple responsibilities that we are juggling, caring for ourselves often gets pushed to the backburner, leaving most mothers vulnerable to burning out rather than truly thriving.

As I experienced this in multiple ways in my own life, both before and after having children, I came to realize how important wholehearted wellness is for mamas - not just for themselves but for their entire family.

As a Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and survivor of both an eating disorder and postpartum depression, I knew I wanted to do more to support mothers dealing with the same sense of overwhelm when it came to caring for themselves and their family. I wanted to help mothers find answers in how to best care for themselves and their children and move from a place of merely surviving to thriving through motherhood.

This is how my private practice was inspired, and more recently, my newest nutrition coaching programs geared specifically toward mothers. Thrive Through Motherhood offers personalized coaching programs customized to help overwhelmed mothers nurture a peaceful relationship with food and better nourish their families.

Every mother deserves to be empowered and supported in her journey and able to experience the fullness of life every step of the way. So whether you are trying for a baby, pregnant, in postpartum, or in the trenches of raising little ones, my goal and mission is to help connect you to the support you need to live a balanced and nurtured life, in body, mind, and spirit.

No matter where you may be in your own motherhood journey or what experiences have brought you to this point in your life, know that you deserve to thrive and to be nourished in all aspects of your life.

Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and mama of five. With an online nutrition practice, Crystal helps mamas and their families nurture a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies to experience the abundance of motherhood and truly thrive in life. Learn more at www.crystalkarges.com or follow Crystal on Twitter/Instagram @crystalkarges

Motherhood | Infertility | Family | Nutrition