Pregnancy Casting Kits: Will You Immortalize Your Belly?

Amy Keyishian

FutureMama's belly cast
Photo from FutureMama
Whether you buy a kit ($20 to $60 on Amazon) or go totally DIY, you can commemorate your adorable bump with a bit of home-brewed statuary. I didn't have a chance to do this the first time around, and frankly, I'm not sure I want to do it now. I mean, what do I do with it?

On the other hand, I am kind of obsessed with the changes in my body, and find that when I'm not pregnant, I miss my swollen, bizarre, attention-getting frame. I mean, when else are you unabashedly proud of your expanding waistline?

Back to the first hand, though: I have trouble storing my shoes. A full-sized torso in a modest apartment -- not really practical. But there are scads of women out there who've taken the plaster plunge. Here's what some of them had to say:

We did it ourselves, and it hung on my daughter's wall for about five years. When it started falling apart, I put it in storage. It came in handy when I explained where she had come from.

I did one the day before I went into labor -- how's that for timing! Of course, that meant my plans to paint and shellac it were forgotten when the baby came home, and getting myself showered was my only arts-and-crafts activity. Now, the "baby" is 9, and the belly cast is still plain white, packed in a box in the attic.

I have a friend who's an artist, and he did a cast of me -- and then created a statue using the cast as a mold. It's really cool, like a dim old statue crumbling next to an Italian villa. I put it in my garden.

Craziness. A friend of mine did this, and it's displayed in her living room. It's the naked breast-y kind, and the effect is not so much "lovely pregnant woman" as it is "scary swingers on the nude beach that you wandered on to by accident." I love the idea. I loved being pregnant. But this is somehow not a good representation of the beauty of the whole experience.

Would you? Did you? Where is it now? Tell us in the comments!

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