The Basics Of Belly Casting

The fine art of making a belly cast will provide memories of your pregnancy you won't be able to forget.

Making a belly cast is truly a very exciting and monumental event in a pregnancy. Forever, the shape your body took while growing a baby, will be there to remind you through the years as your children grow older.

The first consideration with a belly cast is when you want to make one. The closer to delivery the better. Of course, there is no way to know when that will be. If you like, making more than one cast is an option if you are concerned about having the baby before the cast is made.

A first cast could be made around 36 weeks gestation. At this point you are nearing full-term and your baby has not dropped yet, changing the shape of your tummy. A second, or first, cast could be done between 38 and 40 weeks along in pregnancy.

What you will need for belly casting are strips that are used for making casts on legs or arms. These are found at medical supply stores and in varying sizes. Typically they come in three or four inch strips. Consider the size of your growing belly and 3-4 rolls of gauze will work, depending on their length.

Also, be sure to have plenty of Vaseline to use. Prior to casting you need to grease your belly and your breasts if you will include those, with plenty of lubricant so the cast does not stick to you. Not to mention the pain involved, it would be difficult to take it off without Vaseline applied.

You will also need a flat pan to fill with warm water and be able to lay the strips in before applying them. Ideally, this would be a pan you don't want to use for cooking again since the plaster from the strips can stick to the pan as it dries.

Gather up plenty of towels and medical examination gloves if the person applying the plaster strips would rather not get covered in Vaseline and plaster. Also, wearing old clothing or a cover gown would be important for the artist while doing the cast.

Be sure to stand up for the cast making to give the full roundness to your belly. If you sit the cast will be much flatter looking. Put towels at your feet and work as quickly as possible.

After applying the Vaseline, have strips laid across your breasts and your belly in different directions to give more support for the end result. This will reinforce any weak spots in the cast. Move fast because the plaster dries very quickly. Around 15 minutes is the most amount of time you will spend. As each strip is laid on smooth it out and add any water from the pan if necessary to even out creases. Push in where the belly button would be and accent the area of the nipples if you like.

Once your cast is dried it should easily pull off of you and be stored in a safe dry place for 24-48 hours before being moved anywhere since it will remain fragile until it dries.

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