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Baby Bump Art: Is It A Must For Today's Moms?

Remember back when pregnant women were forced to wear loose fitting maternity blouses that were, well, hideous?

The days of oversized shirts have long since passed as many pregnant women opt for tight-fitting shirts or even belly shirts now. I remember when the fad started taking off and some of my friends’ mothers-in-law began commenting on what an undesirable look that was. They said that a pregnant belly should be hidden, but of course when it comes to advice, mothers-in-law are probably not the ideal group to go by.

Today’s moms are taking it up a notch and not only showing their bellies in tight T-shirts, but painting them for posterity. It’s a beautiful thing to preserve the exact moment in time when your child was growing inside of you. Strollerderby’s own Stephanie Precourt had a gorgeous piece of belly art captured when she was 27 weeks pregnant (see photo above). And she’s not alone.

According the the NY Daily News, the rise in celebrity full belly art has a lot to do with the recent surge:

Face and body painters started getting requests about five years ago from pregnant moms who wanted a unique memento of their pregnancy but felt arty pictures of naked bellies Ý  la Demi Moore were overdone. The trend really took off in March when a very pregnant [Mariah] Carey tweeted a picture of a colorful butterfly on her belly. Moms have been citing her as their inspiration ever since.

Derrick Little, a New York City painter says: “I’m doing two or three a month now. A year ago, it was nothing.”

Back when we were young, if we were lucky, we had photos of our moms when they were pregnant with us, but this generation of kids will have a lot more.

Did you have your belly painted? Would you ever consider it? How did you celebrate your pregnant belly?

Check out Babble’s collection of Pregnant Belly Art!

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