10 Ridiculous Ways To Commemorate Your Pregnancy

shutterstock_127713212Though I’m not exactly a super sunny, glowy creator-of-life, I definitely place a certain value on being pregnant, knowing that this time is short-lived- just a blip on the old radar. One day, there’s a good chance I’ll struggle to remember what it felt like to get kicked in the ribs all night or fart on command. That’s why I’m all for commemorating your pregnancy in any way that is appealing to you, no matter how absurd. I mean, waddling around like a duck, knocking things over with your belly, taking eight trips to the bathroom in an hour- it’s all pretty ridiculous if you ask me. Why not throw in some of the fun stuff? Here are ten borderline ridiculous ways to commemorate your pregnancy whether it’s your first or your fifteenth (God help you).

1. Belly-casting

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(Image: amazon)

A belly cast is a plaster mold made from an expecting mother’s beautiful pregnant belly. I thought you actually had to go somewhere to get this made but a quick google search gave me about a dozen options for at-home belly-casting kits from the likes of Amazon and Bed, Bath and Beyond. You can likely also find services in your area for someone (typically an artist or doula) who will come to your home and cast your belly for you. You can decorate the cast in any way you like and it makes a totally original and interesting conversation piece (to say the least) for your dining room wall.

2. Belly-painting

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While it may be challenging to paint your own belly (or at least certain parts of it) an artist or friend would probably love to make you their personal canvas. If you’ve already picked your baby’s name you can incorporate it into the design, or go with something a little tribal or goddessy. Whatever floats your bump. No matter what the design, the pictures will certainly be totally cool and frame-worthy.

 

3. Creating a photo book

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Taking daily or weekly snapshots of your bump is a cool way to document your changing shape. Some of us have a hard time seeing any changes from months one through five and end up totally slacking off, which is why I am always jealous when people have the dedication (or memory) to do this throughout their pregnancy. When complete you can put all the pictures together in a Shutterfly or Snapfish book, the final image- your bundle of joy. Or fleshy sack where your bump used to be. You pick.

4. Making a YouTube video

 

Take the daily snapshots one step further and instead make them into a video like this one that just went viral. No you don’t have to write an original melody or cover a catchy tune to go with it but hey, it might just end up paying for the kid’s college tuition if you do!

 

5. Having a prenatal photoshoot

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Though I was a little uncomfortable at first, at my photog friend’s insistence, this is one I did comply with during my first pregnancy. Not only are the photos the only decent ones I have of myself while pregnant, they also are lovely and artistic and were taken at the perfect point in my pregnancy to show my growing bond with my baby-to-be. The photo-shoot did however take an odd turn when my husband got involved and a fire was lit in the background. I think we were all aware that we had taken it one step too far. As a result we have one very “pregnancy photo-shoot” gone wrong image that sits on a shelf at my in-laws house and cracks me up every time I see it.

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    • Robotic Socks

      I don’t see Pregger Porn on the list…

      • Bethany Ramos

        Obvy, the best choice.

      • Valerie

        I just imagine the soundtrack to be like “Owww…ouch! Yeah, move over that way. Grab another pillow….help me scooch up…no, I can’t do that. Yes, fine, that works. OUCH! GOD don’t touch those!”

      • Robotic Socks

        Are you talking about Pregger porn or just regular women in general?

        **runs away!!!

      • Valerie
      • Bethany Ramos

        Or a creepy lullaby playing to make it even more uncomfortable for everyone…

      • Valerie

        And the opening shot is obvi a baby mobile.

      • Bethany Ramos

        Ahhhhhh! Sold.

      • Valerie

        Clearly, we need to involve rubber nipples and Butt Paste somehow. We can work that all out later.

      • Lilly

        I believe pic #5 is close enough — or anyway that is the vibe I get

    • Valerie

      Ummm….besides a few random pics here and there, all I did to commemorate mine was a blurry off-center pic taken by my non-camera-operating husband at 5am on the way to my c-sections. No make-up, wet hair, stretch marks, crankiness. That picture should be hung up at high school proms everywhere as birth control.
      #ick

    • Jallun-Keatres

      Laughing so hard at the pose of #5 omg hahahahaha

    • Jallun-Keatres

      I commemorated my pregnancy by occasionally taking selfies in my floor-to-ceiling closet door mirror. The last one, taken on my due date, is by far my favorite. I look soooo miserable (I was).

      • Robotic Socks

        pic?

      • Jallun-Keatres

        you didn’t see it?

      • Robotic Socks

        :D Just refreshed

      • Valerie

        I see it! You are adorbs!

      • Bunny Lou

        The look on your face is so cute. It’s like “Baby, the fuck man, get out now.”

      • Jallun-Keatres

        LOL yes she was like 6 days late but really I think my due date was just a tad early. I’m showing off my tummy hahaha

    • SA

      I had a blessingway (mother’s blessing) – we do them for all the girls in our circle. By far my favorite pre-baby tradition. So relaxing and intimate unlike baby showers which (while very appreciated) make me very anxious. A nice foot bath, some fondue…bring it!

      I did a journal and took pictures to put in the journal (have never printed the pics)….I missed a lot of weeks though and once I looked back at an entry I wrote and it made me tempted to throw it away….a lot of whining and bitching!

      • sarahbregel

        yes i think it’s a sweet idea, definitely the least ridic on the list by far. serves a very impt purpose as well.

    • aCongaLine

      I commemorated my pregnancies by indulging in my cravings and watch greys anatomy reruns during naptime. I was wholly satisfied. Lol

      • sarahbregel

        so funny you say that bc all i have been doing it watching greys anatomy on netflix for the past month. im craving the drama i spose!

      • aCongaLine

        i’m all about the tv drama lol

      • Véronique Houde

        replace greys by dr phil and that’s my day ;)

      • aCongaLine

        so glad i’m not the only one :)

    • AmberVEvans

      besides a few random pics here and there, all I did to commemorate mine was a blurry off-center pic taken by my non-camera-operating husband at 5am on the way to my c-sections. No make-up, wet hair, stretch marks, crankiness. That picture should be hung up at high school proms everywhere as birth control. http://qr.net/rXXg

    • Ife

      Aw, the growth chart one is sort of sweet, I think. I probably wouldn’t hang it up, but I could totally see doing it ask a keepsake to put in the baby book. To bad I’m already 33 weeks with what I fervently hope is my last baby.

      Mostly I’m too lazy to do any of these…although maybe when (if?) it gets warmer I’ll let the kids paint my belly since they are intensely excited about their new sister and would probably really love it.

      • Emil

        I agree. Wish I had thought of that.

    • Véronique Houde

      If you can’t get an artist to paint your belly, you can always ask your 17 month old ;). Mine was very happy to decorate her baby brother lol. And yes, I let her use a pen. Things just don’t seem to matter that much to me when almost 7 months pregnant!

      • sarahbregel

        LOL!!!!!

      • Valerie

        OMG, you win!

      • Véronique Houde

        YAY!!!!

    • Katherine Handcock

      We had all these fun plans to take a sideways belly picture near the end of both my pregnancies. Yeah, I don’t know where I carried those kids, but while you could tell I was pregnant, you would have guessed about halfway along. Glad I didn’t blow any money on a bellycasting kit!

    • Liz

      I’m so not one of those “pregnancy is beautiful and needs to be memorialized” people. Pregnancy is more of a necessarily evil we have to get through lol. My friend keeps suggesting a maternity photo shoot and I just laugh at her. I don’t think she appreciates that too much lol

    • G.S.

      I have one question: Where would one put a belly cast once it’s been made? Do you frame it and put it on the wall as a piece of 3D art? Do you keep it in your closet? Seriously, I can kind of see clasped-hand-casting being a thing, since the finished product is small and you can easily put it on a shelf or mantle, but a full-blown belly cast doesn’t seem as easily presentable.

      • G.S.

        Okay, I’ve heard an idea to flip it upside down and use it as a flowerpot. Kinda scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, but it’s something.

    • scooby23

      Hey, the 3D baby might not be such a bad idea in the long run. It could make a great punishment once the kid gets older.

      “Come on, Tommy, eat your broccoli!”
      “Ewwww, no! I don’t wanna!”
      “DO YOU WANT A VISIT FROM 3D BABY?!?!?”
      *frantically stuffs broccoli in mouth*

      • G.S.

        Hey, no fair! I said almost the same thing on the last article about baby keepsakes! :P

        (But seriously, it’s true. Shout it from the rooftops.)

      • scooby23

        Whhhaaaaa??? Well then, obviously I’ll have to sue you for somehow stealing my idea before I even thought of it.

        JK, of course. Great minds think alike!

    • MLSKC

      Ok, did anyone else giggle a little at the growth chart? 35wks, out there and up high. 37 wks, baby has dropped straight onto poor mom’s bladder.

    • wonderstruck

      Oh good god, that last one would give me nightmares!! They’re all pretty awful though. And it always seems that no one ever does just a couple of the things on this list – if you’re the type who has done a belly cast or painted your pregnant stomach, you are probably crazy about all things pregnancy-related. I’m the opposite – I just want to get these 40 weeks over with and be done, so I can’t fathom any of them except maybe the journal.

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