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'Belly casts,' the new rage to memorialize your pregnancy

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At home in Congers, N.Y. shortly before giving birth to her son Tony, Jessica Rivera-Caicedo with husband Gil wait for her belly cast to dry. Her son Gibby looks on. (Courtesy of J. Rivera-Caicedo)

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A painted belly cast. (Courtesy of Proud Body)

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A bronzed belly cast framed on the wall. (Courtesy of Proud Body)

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A woman poses for a professional maternity portrait. (Courtesy: Katsoulis Photography)

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Thousands of pregnant women are making plaster belly casts to have keepsake sculptures of their expecting bodies. Some use them as art; others want to remember that very special time in their lives.


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