Gurgle Magazine : Essential First & Second Trimester Items

girl in the north Katy Tate featured in Gurgle magazine

When I first found out I was pregnant (before I knew we were having twins and long before we’d told anyone), I searched the shelves of my local supermarket for baby magazines hoping no one would see me. I had come up with a story just in case I was spotted by anyone I knew, that a friend had asked me to pick her up a copy. There wasn’t a huge selection but one cover caught my eye in particular – Gurgle for Modern Mum’s. I grabbed a copy and made a dash with the fruit and veg that I’d popped in to buy.

I’ve been an addict to the magazine ever since, so I was delighted when an email popped into my inbox from Catherine, the style editor at Gurgle to see if I’d be interested in featuring in the June issue alongside some other pregnancy bloggers! I was asked to name my favourite pregnancy essential items and at the time a few of the main ones sprung to mind. It goes without saying that my number one pregnancy buy would have to be a subscription to Gurgle. I’ve learnt so much from the magazine and found some fantastic suppliers. As I’m now coming to the end of my pregnancy (how fast has that gone?!!) with potentially only six weeks to go, it’s got me thinking about the other items that have helped and made me feel more comfortable so I thought I’d include my top five essential items for the first and second trimester here.
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001. I’ve mentioned here before plenty of times that my chest grew in the first trimester. This came along with the general aches and growing pains which meant I really didn’t feel like wearing wired bras. I invested in one of these Calvin Klein bralettes and quickly went back for another couple as they were so comfortable. I can’t recommend these enough!

We all know about my panic when I found out we were having twins. Though the panic was mainly to do with ‘wow how are we going to pay for two?’ another small part of this was to do with ‘yikes will my body ever look the same?’ I’ve always taken pride in how my body looks and I was in the best shape of my life in the months before I found out. So you can imagine my delight when I found out about Secret Saviours – a clinically proven anti stretch mark band!

The band comes with a day gel and a night time cream that both smell heavenly and I’ve been wearing it religiously since about week 15, it even acts as a support band and provides my back some light relief. I’ve only just ran out of the gel and cream and so far, I haven’t got one stretch mark at all so I’m really pleased. I’ve only just ran out of the gel and cream so I’ll definitely be re-purchasing for these next few weeks. The kit might seem a little pricey at £69.95 however if you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll receive a 10% off code and it is so so worth it – especially for any soon to be multiple mums as we definitely stretch quicker and bigger than single pregnancies. Take a look at Secret Saviours and order your band here!

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003. Comfortable clothes are the next items on my essential list. Knowing I was only going to be wearing maternity clothing for several months meant I really didn’t want to spend a great fortune on a new wardrobe… plus I need every extra penny I can since we’re having two babies! So I decided to invest in some maternity basics to get me by and use my normal clothes to add to this. I first invested in jeans – Topshop were great for this, not only do they do maternity but they also do maternity petite and tall. I went for over the bump styles as I figured these would stay up better as I got bigger.

I also got myself two packs of basic tees from Topshop and New Look, a swimming costume from F&F, ASOS maternity tights and a pair of denim shorts for when the weather got a bit warmer as I live in these usually. During the house move, I then went through my entire wardrobe and put everything I couldn’t wear into one suitcase and then cardigans, slouchy jumpers etc into another with my maternity wears. I’ll admit I have got a little bored at times but whenever I do, I take a look at baby clothing online and I soon decide I’m really not that bothered about what I’m wearing!

004. I received this bad boy made by Sanggol as a Christmas present from my Mum and I have to admit (sorry Mum), I thought it was a bit of a wasted buy at first. It was huge in our bed and I struggled to get in and out of it when I needed the bathroom on a night. Fast forwarded a month and my pregnancy pillow is now my best friend – I’m a complete convert. Even Jay’s been caught snuggling it on more than one occasion and I’ve mostly bar the odd night slept really well. It might be bigger than me and I may have the odd fight with it when I transport it to our sofa but I love it still and anything that helps me sleep through the night is going to be on my must-have list. Take a look at the Sanggol Maternity Support Pillow here.          
005. A couple of my friends have already had children and in the latter months, I remember them complaining about swollen ankles, puffy feet and varicose veins. My consultant warned me right at the beginning ‘everything is twice as worse with twins’ while handing me a pack of NHS compression socks. There’s nothing wrong as such with my NHS socks (other than it’s a nightmare getting them on) but I was really chuffed when Venosure offered to send me a couple of pairs of their socks to try… I can honestly say I love them and to date, I’ve not had any puffiness, swollen feet or varicose veins. If anything makes me feel more comfortable and prevents aches and pains then I’m all for it so I’d highly recommend getting yourself a pair – they’re also a lot easier to get on than the NHS ones and you get two for the price of one. Get yours here now.

Though there has been other items I’ve used and tried throughout the last couple of months, these five definitely stood out for me and are what I’d recommend to anyone who is pregnant, not just soon to be multiple mums. If there’s something you’ve used which you think I should try then please let me know!


  1. Carly
    May 12, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Calvin Klein bras were a lifesaver during my pregnancy!

  2. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Spotted You!

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