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Katie Fitzpatrick

Gemma Atkinson on bra shopping and tummy shaving after reaching 'new stage' of pregnancy as she shares emotional day

Gemma Atkinson has been sharing her pregnancy journey with fans after announcing her joyous news in January that she's expecting her second child with Gorka Marquez. Gemma, 38, revealed in January that she is having a baby boy.

The doting mum, who has a three-year-old daughter Mia with Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka, has since been updating her followers on Instagram as she prepares for their new bundle of joy. The former Hollyoaks and Emmerdale actress told fans that she's now enterered the pregnancy stage of only wearing sports bras and was in need of new underwear.

In a comical video she said: "I'm off shopping today again. I'm off bra shopping bcause I'm at the stage I'm just sports bras only at the minute." And the down-to-earth star, from Bury, added drily: "What else? hairy tummy even though I'm shaving it daily."


She continued: "Sweating profusely. Yeah, just the usual stuff that comes with growing a human." Comically placing her mug on her growing bump she added: "That's handy."

Gemma then went on to poke fun at herself as said she also needed new swimwear for a holiday for her growing bump. She joked that she resembled Oswald Cobblepot, also known as The Penguin, from the film Batman Returns. "I looked like Oswald Cobblepot this morning, I tried swimming stuff on. I looked like Danny Devito in Batman," she quipped.

Gemma shared an honest post with fans (Gemma Atkinson/Instagram)

In another video she paid a super-sweet birthday tribute to one of her beloved pet dogs Norman. "Norman's birthday today, he's 12," said Gemma, who is also proud dog mum to Ollie.

"I always get emotional on Norm's day becaise he's been here longer than anyone," she smiled. "A year longer than Ollie, six years longer than Gorka, 10 years longer than Mia." She added: "For a time it was just me and Norm and he's got me through so much bless him."

Speaking to Fabulous magazine, Gemma recently opened up about her second pregnancy and clapped back at those who have body-shamed her while carrying her baby who is due this summer. She said she "carried a lot heavier this time" compared to her first pregnancy with daughter Mia, who turns four in July.

Gemma celebrated her adorable dog Norman on his birthday (Gemma Atkinson/Instagram)

"My legs have got bigger. My boobs have tripled in size – Gorka’s living his best life with those! He’s loving it," Gemma told Fabulous. "But it happened with Mia as well, so I’m saying: ‘Don’t get used to it, because they’re going!’ During pregnancy, your skin and hair glows, but then that stops when the baby comes."


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