I was introduced to Zoe through Linda, a local antenatal yoga and hypno-birthing instructor I had connected with whilst pregnant with Carly. Zoe and I arranged for her to do a bump cast just a couple of days prior to me turning 39 weeks and, with a lot of false labour starts this pregnancy, both Zoe and I were unsure if we would actually get to do the casting! Luckily baby boy stayed in long enough and the morning came round.
Zoe offers both bump casting and full frontal casting and we had opted for the latter as this also allowed Ed to be involved. The casting meant I needed to be topless (you can do it with a vest top on but it’s obviously not as clear or smooth that way). Zoe was great at helping me feel at ease and, considering we had only just met, I felt completely fine stripping off and standing topless for the casting.
We had opted for Ed’s hands to be on my bump, so he stood behind me and we had to stay that way for around 20 minutes, which sounded daunting especially so far along in my pregnancy, but it wasn’t too bad and it was only towards the end that I felt a little tired and wanted to lie down.
Zoe worked quickly to get the bump cast done and at the end, the plaster cast came off fairly easily and pain free (Ed just had a little pulling where he has arm hair but nothing unbearable). Once done, the plaster cast remains came away fairly easily with a towel and there was no mess in our lounge as Zoe had brought round covering for the floor, towels and all other equipment she needed for a fuss free process.
Within a few minutes Zoe had cleared up and was on her way with our cast, which she explained would dry for a couple of days before she worked on it to make it smoother and then finished it off.
Zoe was brilliant at keeping in touch with updates on the cast. She sent over pictures of the process and gave us a good estimate on when the cast would be finished and with us. I love the finished product. It’s going to take pride of place in our new house when we move.
A work in progress..
I would highly recommend a bump cast as it’s another way of remembering your pregnancy and a precious keepsake. I am first to admit I hate pregnancy in general but as we’ve now almost definitely completed our family, and I won’t be pregnant again, it’s nice to know I can look at this cast to remember pregnancy. If you’re local and considering having a cast done yourself, you can visit Zoe’s website here and Facebook page here.
My pregnancy cast was provided free of charge for the purpose of review, however all views are my own.