I am so excited to have athlete and Blackmores Ambassador Bec Wilcock writing this guest blog for us! Bec is sharing her pregnancy experience and how she stayed fit and healthy!
Becoming a mum meant big changes to my regular routine, which was so heavily focused around health and fitness. As an ultra-marathon runner, Blackmores ambassador and Nike trainer, these have always been a big priority in my life. Throughout my pregnancy, and even now that I’ve had little Beau, I’ve tried to focus more on embracing the changes in my body rather than comparing to what I was doing pre-pregnancy.
The most challenging aspect of being pregnant was accepting that I didn’t have complete control and allowing my body to grow. Both my diet and fitness regime changed to suit and I had to be flexible about what was realistic and what wasn’t. It was an amazing learning experience of how remarkable the female body really is and how much we can endure – women really are maternal warriors!
In terms of my diet, I was craving more carbohydrates and smoothies (filled with all the good stuff) – unsurprising given 50% of women experience craving during pregnancy. I focused on having six small meals, 2 x Blackmores Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Gold and plenty of water throughout the day to ensure my body and bub was getting the proper nutrients. My day on a plate looks roughly the same now I’m breastfeeding, minus the cravings!
My fitness regime was also tweaked to suit where my body was at. Quite a few women are hesitant to continue exercising when they conceive, however as long as it’s not strenuous activity that feels uncomfortable, it is a completely safe and beneficial thing to do. My top tips for working out whilst pregnant are to make sure you stay hydrated, always have a snack in case you feel nauseous, ensure you find the right work out gear to support you and don’t introduce exercises you weren’t comfortable with already prior to pregnancy. Most importantly, know your body’s abilities and don’t push it.
Sleep is also super important, particularly if you are continuing to exercise. I aimed to get 10-12 hours a day as I knew I had to enjoy it while you can! If you do decide to train throughout pregnancy, don’t be afraid to switch up your routine – swimming, yoga and Pilates are great forms of exercise to integrate into your routine. Something that really helped me to stay motivated was a ‘training for two’ program, where I was able to evaluate my progress every 4-6 weeks. I enjoyed the structure of having a specific routine as it allowed me to alter my workouts based on which trimester I was in.
Staying fit during pregnancy shouldn’t be scary; you just need a positive mindset and the motivation to want to be healthy for you and your baby will follow.
Thanks for sharing Bec!
You can check Bec out on her instagram here!