Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Do It Yourself (Have Your Partner do it) Belly Casts: Belly Casting during Pregnancy

The belly cast on the left (with the right arm attached) is of me when I was pregnant with Darah. The belly cast on the left (without arms) was created about a week ago during my second pregnancy with Elanah. I am now in my eighth month of pregnancy. The cast of my belly with Darah was made slightly earlier, during the seventh month.






2 comments:

Jesse said...

Hi Jess,
These are beautiful. How long did each take and how uncomfortable (read sticky!) was the experience? I wish I had done something like this for my pregnancies.

Mason McFadden said...

Hey Jesse! I guess you checked out my blog. I am so glad I did the belly casts with both pregnancies. It's one great way of celebrating a rare occasion (since I am not planning to be pregnant very often in this lifetime!). Some people use the belly casts to make belly bowls and some even use them to create bronze sculptures. A lot of people will paint them, but Sandy just covers ours in a gloss finish - we like them as they are. I think we managed to make the second one in a half hour. I don't recall how long we spent on the first. For me, everything was comfortable for the first fifteen minutes. At around twenty five minutes, I was getting dizzy and weak and was seeing black spots. But that may just be my body's issue and not a universal experience. I had to have Sandy hold my head because I was feeling like I was going to pass out. She managed to pull the cast off of me shortly after, so that I could run into the shower and sit down under the water for a while. We did ours in the garage this time around. I sat on a chair with a pillow behind me for support. We didn't want my arms in this cast so I had to hold them up a little so Sandy could put the plaster around each side of chest and torso. We could have done it on our own, but we decided to order a belly cast kit on line (from Proud Belly - it should be easy to find them). I wanted to do the cast as far toward the end of the pregnancy as possible, but that certainly makes it more uncomfortable. I was also lucky enough to have my friend, Aparna, put henna on my belly. I think the last thing we might do to anoint the belly is for Sandy to draw a labyrinth with face paint. Maybe we should do a pumpkin, since I'll be delivering close to Halloween! :)