Ultra-marathon runner Bec Wilcock announced the arrival of her adorable baby boy, Beau Patrick on her Instagram this week. Curious to know how this extreme athlete stays in shape with a baby on board, we caught up with Bec to get the lowdown on her pregnancy fitness and wellbeing plan.
How has your pregnancy been?
I’ve been extremely lucky to have a textbook pregnancy with no complications. The time has flown by and watching the little guy grow has been a journey I’m honestly so thankful for.
Although I still love working out and sticking to my healthy routines, I’ve really taken this time to listen to my new body, embrace the change it’s going through, and just enjoy this magical experience.
What has been the most surprising/challenging aspect of pregnancy? Any advice for other women early on in their pregnancy?
Accepting that you can’t control everything! Your body, emotions, and physical capabilities go through a big change (at different times) when you are pregnant. The best advice I can give is to accept these changes every day they happen, it’s all part of the experience. Some days I would just have to laugh at myself to get by – and that’s okay!
What part have you enjoyed the most so far?
I’ve really enjoyed learning and experiencing just how amazing the female body is! I’m a little bit of a book worm so reading whilst the little athlete grew in my belly was my favourite thing to do.
How has your diet changed during your pregnancy?
I’ve had cravings for smoothies (especially banana and Acai Smoothies) as well as extra carbohydrates. Otherwise, things have been fairly similar; I eat 6 small meals a day with lots of water in between meals. I haven’t been eating for two because I don’t believe you need to but I have been lenient towards myself and eating what I crave.
Bec Wilcock’s pregnancy exercise and wellbeing program
Baby Bump Favourite exercises:
– Resistance Training
– Running/Jogging (until 30 weeks)
– Modified HIIT sessions (working up to 70% of your maximum effort)
– Mobility (Stretching and foam rolling)
Top 5 Resistant Training movements (Gym or Home):
– Sumo squat (holding 1 Dumbbell or Kettlebell)
– Static Lunge with bicep curl (using Dumbbells)
– Bent over row (using Dumbbells)
– Kneeling Tricep extensions (1 Dumbbell)
– Bench push ups
Top 5 Floor Movements (Mobility warm up)
– Cat to cow
– Bird dog
– Hip openers
– Downward dog
– Warrior pose
Daily nutrition intake:
Breakfast: Acai Bowl in addition to vitamins and supplements
Snack: Yogurt and mango with chia seeds.
Lunch: Broccoli Dream salad
Snack: Banana smoothie
Dinner: Salmon (well-done), sweet potato and greens (Broccoli, asparagus, beans)
Cravings: Acai bowls, salads, banana smoothies (I’m not normally a banana eater), Oranges, mango and yogurt.
Avoided: Runny eggs, soft cheeses, alcohol, soft drink, high saturated fats and raw fish. Every morning and whilst breastfeeding , I take supplements including 2 x Blackmores Pregnancy and breast-feeding gold, 1 x Blackmores Pregnancy Iron, 2 x Blackmores Evening Primrose Oil + Fish Oil and Blackmores Digestive Bio Balance (Probiotic).
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