Making a pregnancy belly cast was one of the most fun and intimate moments I got to share with my friend and her baby belly. It felt a little like the old days of drinking wine and painting our toenails - when you just relax together and talk - except this time it was herbal tea and a very special "art project."
Pregnancy belly casting can be as light-hearted or ceremonial as you want. Playing music, lighting candles or reading a poem or letter could easily add a meaningful element to the ritual. Or, like us, you can simply revel in the beauty of pregnancy and birth and a friendship that's spanned many, many "births" and new beginnings.
Making a homemade belly cast is very simple. We did this cast toward the end of pregnancy but I know women who've done several casts over the course of their pregnancy to track the changes in their belly. Here's how to do it.
Bowl of warm water
4-5 rolls of 4" wide plaster cloth, cut into 6" - 18" strips
Washcloth or towel
1. Spread Vaseline liberally over the areas being cast (some women include shoulders, arms, hands, legs, or just the belly).
2. Dip the strip of plaster cloth in the water before running it through your fingers to wick away excess water.
3. Apply each strip individually, starting from the top and working your way down. Use short strips for the breast area and longer strips for the belly.
4. Smooth each strip in place to make sure the plaster is spread evenly. Apply several layers in different directions over each section of the cast.
5. Work quickly as the plaster will begin to dry and become tacky. Once the cast begins to feel hard to the touch, remove the cast.
6. Allow the cast to dry before sanding and painting, if desired.
7. Once the baby arrives, take a look at the inside of your cast to imagine how the little one looked inside your belly.