The Mexican-born fashion insider talks expecting in Berlin and why she loves the German city
Cultural differences are something you constantly stumble across when you live in a country that is vastly different from your own. Being pregnant brings this experience into especially sharp relief, as Eugenia González de Henn found out when expecting in Berlin. Born in Mexico, Eugenia previously lived in NYC, working as a publicist for Bergdorf Goodman and as vice president of luxury American menswear brand Michael Bastian. After falling in love with her husband Martin Henn, she followed her heart and made the move to his native Germany. We find out how life in Europe has brought unexpected surprises and her insider guide to expecting in Berlin.
WHY DID YOU MOVE TO GERMANY?
Love! What else makes anyone move halfway across the world?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN BERLIN?
Everything – the lifestyle, the real estate (which anyone coming from NYC knows is a major factor to leave the city), the cultural variety. For whatever reason, I feel much cooler and younger living here than in New York. And I hope to hold on to that feeling for a long time!
YOUR PERFECT DAY OUT IN THE CITY…
Riding our bikes, going to an art exhibition, having a drink on any of the many terraces on the canal on Paul-Lincke-Ufer and dinner at Grill Royal.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING PREGNANT IN BERLIN?
The German healthcare system and its midwives. In Germany you give birth with a midwife – and she is with you before, during and after (up to six weeks) birth. It’s an incredible service that is included in the healthcare system. I’m not sure Germans know how lucky they are to have this!
AND THE MOST TEDIOUS?
The learning curve that came with a completely different medical system. It caught my husband and I off guard and took us a few months and many discussions to wrap our head around and figure out what we wanted for our birth.
WHEN YOU HAVE CRAVINGS YOU HEAD STRAIGHT TO…
Katie’s Blue Cat. A local Kreuzberg cafe with a killer BLT (bacon lettuce tomato) sandwich or Father Carpenter – a Mitte coffee house with insane banana bread.
YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE FOR PRENATAL EXERCISE IN THE CITY?
The private studio of my Pilates teacher Rosiris Garrido.
YOUR GO-TO SPOT FOR PRENATAL PAMPERING?
Soho House Berlin.
HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED ANY SURPRISING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES EXPECTING IN BERLIN FROM YOUR HOME IN MEXICO?
Yes too many to list!
DO YOU PLAN TO FOLLOW ANY MEXICAN OR GERMAN TRADITIONS AS A NEW MOTHER?
Well, I’m not opposed to the ‘ one beer a day’ policy to help with breast milk production! [A Mexican and German tradition]
WHAT HAVE YOU MISSED MOST WHILE PREGNANT?
As I write this I’m 40.5 weeks pregnant… so far, I am just happy to have this baby soon!
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT WHEN PREGNANT?
Oils and creams. I was told and prepared to have very dry skin, but I was blown away with the actual reality of it!
HIDE THE BUMP OR SHOW OFF THE BUMP?
Hide. I have never liked wearing tight clothes.
BOY, GIRL OR WAITING TO FIND OUT?
WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST ABOUT EXPECTING?
Taking naps without guilt.
Interview by Amanda Woodward-Brown
Images Beto Ruiz Alonso