A big issue for moms (everywhere, I think) is losing that post-baby pregnancy weight. Granted a ton of it comes off after delivering your baby, but I see posts in magazines and online about moms who just can't lose those last 10-15 pounds. One thing I noticed upon arriving to Stockholm was that all of the moms here are stick skinny. Aside from their comfort breastfeeding in public (no La Leche League here needed!), they all tend to look like they never gave birth. There's no "mommy pouch" in front and they are all carrying <2 month old babies around. Why is this? How can so many magazines be making money on telling you their tips when these women just seem to do it so effortlessly? Is there some secret that they know that we don't?
Nope -- here are my main two observations:
- They walk a few hours every day
- They don't own cars (the main reason for point #1)
|Deep snow makes for tough pushing|
It's that easy folks! So there is no "secret Viking gene," just good old fashioned exercise and a reasonable diet.
One major difference is that the moms in Stockholm do all of the above and they still look fabulous. Their hair and makeup are perfect and they wear heeled boots (why I don't know). For me, personally, I'm about comfort and warmth so I look more like this:
|Hajah what? Another hill??|
and less like this:
So in conclusion, you too can do "The Swedish Method" to lose that weight -- ditch the car and walk to the grocery store every 2 days. Push your stroller outside for a few hours every day (go up every hill) during your maternity leave and I guarantee you will be back in your pre-pregnancy jeans before you go back to work.