We met lovely Mathilda Johansson a few months before she delivered her beautiful baby girl, Nike, and we had the pleasure of chatting a bit about expectations and all things surrounding life, pregnancy and motherhood with her. Mathilda is currently on maternity leave so that she can spend some well deserved time and lazy Sundays (which she loves, just as we do) with her newborn baby girl and fiance Oscar. But when she is not busy being a mommy she works with fashion and PR at one of Stockholm's leading agencies. We took the opportunity to ask her about her pregnancy and post-pregnancy experiences so we could share it with our readers and at the same time get some great advice on dressing the bump, because she always looks so effortlessly elegant...
What was the best part about being pregnant and what was the most difficult?
I loved being pregnant! The best part, besides cosmetic things like thick, glossy hair and glowing skin was, of course, the thought of knowing that you got a little person growing inside of you. That was just surreal! For me, the most difficult part was the constant fatigue, my confused pregnancy brain and the painful heartburn for a good part of 9 months.
Working in Fashion, did you feel that the pregnancy affect a lot the way you dress and what was your typical pregnant dressing? Did you give into maternity clothing?
Since your body is constantly changing, of course pregnancy affected the way I dressed, however, not a lot. My style when not pregnant is casual and clean and I love oversized sweaters, shirts and tops, which worked really well during pregnancy too. My favourite pieces during the 9 months were a pair of wide trousers with a crisp white shirt. It kept me comfortable yet feeling fresh. Well, maternity clothes are not really my thing - floral prints, ruffles and bows, it’s just too cute.
You always look so fresh and pretty. Can you share your beauty routine? Are there any favourite products you use?
I wouldn’t say that I have a strict beauty routine but of course, I take care of myself. To me, the most important thing is to keep my skin feeling fresh and my hair clean. I have very sensitive skin so keeping it hydrated is the key for me. I’m not a makeup person.
Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate
Chanel le lift masque de massage
La Roshe-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser Face & Eyes
Clarins Tonic body treatment oil
L:a Bruket saltskrubb Mejram/Eucalyptus
Decubal lips & dry spots balm
What do you love the most about your new role as a mother?
That you get to experience so many things for the first time!
What has been the most challenging, and surprising thing about motherhood so far?
For me, the most challenging part has been the sleeplessness. At the same time, it’s amazing how little sleep we need yet still to function. It surprises me how amazing and fun it can be to take care of my baby 24/7 and never get tired of it.
Could you tell us a little bit about your breastfeeding experience? How has it been? Easy, difficult? Fun exciting or just exhausting?
I know that breastfeeding isn’t a walk in the park and that a lot of new mums can have difficulties. To me, it’s been quite easy and so far I luckily have enough milk to feed my baby. However, it hasn’t been easy they whole way. The first few days were difficult and I experienced a lot of soreness, but I was determined not to give up so I kept on going though sore nipples and painful breasts. At the beginning, I felt exhausted every day and it felt like my baby was eating me up. It wasn’t until after 2-3 weeks that it became easy and when I actually started to enjoy it.
What are your favourite baby brands?
Spanish baby clothes are my favourites! Since they grow so incredibly fast I’ve bought most of my daughter’s clothes at Zara home, Zara and Mango – they have really nice pieces at a good price.
If you want to find some cute hats and mittens I love Hutteli hutt. Marmar, CAM CAM and Konges Sløjd are three Danish brands that have great stuff for babies too.
What can we find in your mommy bag?
I still don’t own one but I always carry an extra set of clothes, diapers, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, changing mat and a swaddler in organic cotton.
Can you tell us something that you think any woman becoming or being pregnant should know? A tip or advice you wish someone would have given you?
I think many, including myself, are afraid of taking the step into becoming pregnant and leaving your current life and lifestyle behind, not knowing what to expect. I wish someone had told me just to do it and not to doubt it. Life just becomes richer, better and so much more fun. I’ve experienced it myself now for the past two months and they are by far the best from what I can remember!
Photographer Lo Vahlström
Mother Mathilda Johansson
Styling Natalia Altewai Ohlsson
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