Some moms just can't help but celebrate their pregnancies throughout and a new trend is emerging to help the mom-to-be do just that: Belly casting! Yep, moms around the U.S. are casting their bellies in either the 8th or 9th month of pregnancy – and some are casting it each month too to show the belly's growth progression. Many moms then go on to paint and decorate the casts when they're dry. My question, where do they keep these belly casts? It seems like one of those collecting-dust-kinda-attic-things, but that's just me.
So how do you make a belly cast? Think back to elementary school and how you made your own pinatas out of paper mache. Belly casts are made by placing layers of strips of wet plaster gauze over the baby bump.When the plaster dries it takes the shape of mommy’s tummy and can be decorated with a number of finishes and designs or left in its original form.Popular decorations include painting and decoupage.
There are lots of belly cast kits on the market (Google it, trust me!) readily available that make it easy for mama-to-be’s to create a cast. Or you can hire a professional belly caster to cast and paint it for you. In other words, there is something for every budget and interest. Oh, and here's a link to a recipe on how to cook up your own at-home version of belly plaster in case you're the crafty mom-to-be. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Did you cast your belly? Please share your experience with The Belly Blog readers!
Fish is a super food and definitely something women should eat during their pregnancy.Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when adding fish to your pregnancy diet.
Raw fish and seafood:
If sushi was a regular date night for you and hubby, you’ll have to make reservations somewhere else for the next nine months.Uncooked and seared seafood is a no no during pregnancy due to bacteria and parasites that can be found in raw fish.Always cook fish until it flakes and if you are ordering fish in a restaurant make sure it is nice and flaky before taking a bite.
Ceviches and other uncooked, marinated seafood should be avoided as well.Cold smoked fish (such as lox) should not be eaten because of the danger of Listeria, but it’s okay if it is cooked in a casserole.
Certain fish contain high levels of mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), or other toxins that can be dangerous to baby.When you are choosing a fish for dinner, stay away from shark, swordfish, king mackerel, fresh tuna, tilefish, mahimahi, grouper and amberjack.Opt for shrimp, crab, salmon, pollock, catfish, cod and tilapia.
Limit your consumption of fish to 12 ounces a week of shellfish, smaller ocean fish, farm-raised fish, canned light tuna and freshwater fish.Canned albacore should be limited to six ounces per week.
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You might be feeling rather large and uncomfortable and not at all in the mood for posing for photos, but someday you'll want to look back and remember your pregnant self fondly – and so will your child.
Enlist your significant other, friend or even a photo application on your computer to document your changing profile weekly or monthly (depending on how frequently you would like to take pictures of your bump).
Wear a form-fitting shirt that outlines your belly and stand in profile for the photo. If you want to be adventurous you can even pose in the buff.
Start early on in your pregnancy so you can capture your belly's growth from start to finish.
Once you've given birth, use an online photo service or application to create a pregnancy album. You'll be so glad you made the effort and you'll have a priceless keepsake of your little one's life in utero.
You've always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now that you're growing a baby, breakfast is especially important for your pregnant body. If there are two super breakfast foods you should be adding to your diet they are oatmeal and eggs.
Oats are full of fiber, B vitamins, iron and lots of other essential minerals. Oats are great in your cereal bowl, but they can be added to pancakes and muffins (cakes, cookies and meatloaf) too!
Eggs are the perfect way to deliver a low-cal, high protein punch. You can boost the nutritional value of eggs by scrambling, frying or boiling ones that have been enhanced with DHA – a type of omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary component for brain development and eye formation of the fetus. DHA eggs taste exactly like regular eggs, but contain good fats to keep you and baby-to-be healthy and strong.
So rethink your pre-natal breakfast and skip that dry piece of toast in exchange for a bowl of oatmeal or some incredible eggs.