Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Second Trimester Maternity Favourites

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Second Trimester Maternity Favourites

With my second trimester now behind me, I thought I'd share some of my favourite products so far during this pregnancy.

I filmed a quick video showing them which you can see here:



Below I'll tell you about them in a little more detail:




I've really struggled to find a bra that fits well and feels comfortable throughout pregnancy, so I was so releived to find that Anita Maternity bras offer a perfect and comfortable fit. 

Anita Maternity state that they are summed up as a company by four simple words - comfort, look, fit and function - sounds pretty ideal to me and I'm pleased to say after trying them out for myself I can agree.

The bra's offer maximum support and comfort, with four adjustable settings on the clasp and ease of access for breastfeeding too.

For more details please click here



Another favourite item lately has been the Dreamgenii pregnancy pillow - The pillow supports your back, bump and knees which is ideal in the mid to later stages of pregnancy when everything just starts to feel a bit too heavy and uncomfortable.

With other pregnancy pillows I've found that, although they're comfortable, they can be pretty huge and take up way too much room in the bed - whereas this is just the right size to offer maximum support and comfort without taking over the available space and leaving enough room for my partner too!

The pillow also encourages maximum blood flow between mum and baby, and even helps to encourage optimal foetal positioning when used from around 20 weeks which can mean a shorter and less painful labour.

The Dreamgenii pregnancy pillow is priced at £47.99 and available HERE


And finally, I wanted to talk about some Belly Bandit products I`ve been trying out and loving.

Available across 90 countries in 1,000+ retailers with celebrity fans including Kourtney Kardashian, Christina Aguilera and Molly Sims, the Belly Bandit is the top post-pregnancy shape wear collection recommended by physicians, nurses, hospitals, fitness experts and, of course, new mums. 

Now launched in the UK and available in Mothercare and even Harrods, Belly Bandit is accessible to us all - and I for one am pretty pleased about that!

The Belly Bandit BDA leggings are the perfect leggings to live in before, during and after pregnancy - you can wear them over the bump or roll them down, they're seamless and tagless and provide the perfect fit at every stage of pregnancy! Seriously the most comfortable things I have ever worn!

I've also been trying out the Belly Bandit OriginalThe original tummy tucker that started the craze! 

Engineered with unique, medical-grade elastic, it adjusts to fit around the belly, waist and hips to create the ultimate slimming result. Our unique and powerful Stretch and Compress™ technology creates a garment that can help you shrink down to your pre-pregnancy size.

It's features include:

  • 100% latex-free
  • Helps shrink belly, waist and hips
  • Lose inches & look slimmer instantly
  • Supports back, leg & core muscles
  • Adds support while breastfeeding
  • Provides comfort after C-Section
  • Helps minimize stretch marks
  • Accelerates healing
  • Applies medical grade compression to help expedite fluids through the body
  • May help with muscle memory and body shaping
  • Helps with abdominal separation also known as diastasis recti
  • Our exclusive Power Compress Core™ is your secret weapon

I can't wait to use this after my c-section as I think it's really going to help me to feel more comfortable following the surgery, and hopefully help me to slim back down too!

And finally, I've been using the Upsie Belly

As your belly grows, it can be very uncomfortable and I've certainly experienced that all the more during this pregnancy - the Upsie Belly® provides immediate relief, making it easier to increase your range of motion and daily activity throughout your pregnancy.  I was suffering pretty badly with ligament pain when I started using this daily and I can honestly say that the pain has pretty much disappeared since! 


  • Made with luxuriously soft bamboo from viscose
  • 12" of Adjustability to grow with your belly
  • Includes hot/cold pack
  • Adds back, hip & abdominal support
  • Eases sciatic, back & leg pain
  • May help to minimizes stretch marks
  • Helps relieve bladder discomfort
  • Helps increase circulation & blood flow
  • Decreases varicose veins, hernias & hemorroids
  • Aids in post hysterectomy recovery

To find out more about Belly Bandit's amazing range of products, just visit www.bellybandit.co.uk

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