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Pregnant Women Are Getting Their Ultrasound Photos Painted On Their Nails

What do you think of this manicure trend for moms?

From announcing a pregnancy to taking maternity photos and hosting elaborate baby showers and gender-reveal parties — women are getting more and more creative with the ways they commemorate all that it means to be an expectant mom. Ultrasound nail art is the latest trend to pop up on Instagram, so if you’re looking for a special way to acknowledge your little one, you’ll want to make sure this popular manicure is on your radar.

It’s uncertain how the trend got started, but tiny versions of ultrasound photos painted onto nails have been popping up on Instagram recently. The oldest photo dates back to 2016, where Instagram user @ladii_steel credits Toronto’s Hard Rock Nails for featuring an ultrasound photo on her nails just in time for her baby shower:

And, in 2017, the @nailsbysara Instagram account featured the manicure as a sweet way to pay tribute to a baby that never came to be:

“After three years and numerous fertility treatments, my hubby and I finally conceived in April,” the touching post read. “On May 30, my heart was broken when I found out my baby was no longer living and growing, and he was taken from me the next day. I lost all inspiration as I struggled with the grief. I learned how to love him and his brief life and move forward with renewed hope. I love you jelly bean, and seeing you on my nails makes me smile.”

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This manicure has been a long time coming. After three years and numerous fertility treatments, my hubby and I finally conceived in April. On May 30, my heart was broken when I found out my baby was no longer living and growing, and he was taken from me the next day. I lost all inspiration as I struggled with the grief. I learned how to love him and his brief life and move forward with renewed hope. I love you jelly bean, and seeing you on my nails makes me smile ❤️ #miscarriage #pregnancyloss #infertility #pregnancyandinfantlossawarenessmonth #onceamotheralwaysamother #angelbaby #ihaveasoninheaven #ultrasound #sonogram #sonogramnails #ultrasoundnails #nailart #idomyownnails #freehandnailart #nailfie #instanails #suckitjamberry

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An iHeartRadio article credits a different Nails by Sarah social media account for starting the trend after a manicure was posted to Facebook and was shared more than 44,000 times:

Regardless of how this touching trend came to be, there’s no denying that mothers are starting to consider ultrasound nail art when announcing their pregnancies and generally just showing off their mom-to-be pride.

While this is certainly a different approach to displaying an ultrasound photo, you can’t blame moms for wanting to show off their babies in any way possible. Plus, you’ve got to admit that these manicures are impressive from an artistic standpoint. Recreating an ultrasound photo in manicure form can’t be easy!

Instagram account @salongrecreate shows just how pretty the black-and-white ultrasound nails can be when coupled with a light pink polish:

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1+1=4 🙊💕 Som flera av er säkert redan har misstänkt så ligger det en liten bebis i min mage. Inte bara en har vi fått reda på, utan TVÅ! 🙊 Vi väntar tvillingar!! 👶🏻👶🏻💕 Jag vet inte än hur länge min kropp kommer orka jobba, men jag är beräknad 21 december (tvillingar kommer ofta runt 1 månad för tidigt). Första steget är att jag inte längre regelbundet kommer att jobba till 20-23 på kvällarna, utan se till att hålla mig (så gott det går) runt 18.00 när jag egentligen ska vara klar för dagen. Detta kommer göra att möjligheten till sena eftermiddagstider kommer att minska. Så småningom kommer jag med största sannolikhet även att behöva minska med någon dag i veckan, så se till att vara ute i god tid för att få en tid som passar! Så länge jag och bebisarna mår bra och så länge kroppen orkar så kommer jag att jobba på, men hälsan och våra barn går i första hand, så om kroppen säger stopp så måste jag lyssna. Det gör att ju längre fram i höst vi kommer, desto större är risken att jag kan behöva boka om eller avboka helt. Hoppas på eran förståelse! 💕

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The ultrasound photo can also be used as an accent nail on a mom’s ring finger, as @euro_nails_tx points out on Instagram:

Hui Hensley, the nail artist behind the @lovelily_official Instagram account told NBC’s “Today” that she’s been receiving requests for ultrasound nail art for several months now.

“I think this trend will be very popular because it is such a precious time in the lives of moms and dads,” Hensley said.

This certainly isn’t the first time that expectant mothers have turned their ultrasounds into artwork. In fact, you can turn your ultrasound into an embroidery, a painting and other pieces artwork.

The artist behind the @catchtheinspiration Instagram account proves what gorgeous keepsakes ultrasound art can make:

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Many thanks to all of you for your lovely comments, and great interest in my baby ultrasound embroidery. Moreover, I am very grateful for all of your support at these last days of my pregnancy and sharing your valuable experiences!❤️🙏🏻 Finally, I have created a waiting list that I will start to accept orders by January. If you are flexible with waiting times and would like to join the list, please follow up the link in my profile for further details 🌿 . . . #abmcrafty #dslooking #psimadethis #myunicornlife #thehappynow #lovelysquares #creativelifehappylife #fiberart #dstexture #madetocreate #Calledtobecreative #creativityfound #finditliveit #prettylittlething #ssw40 #ultraschall #uniteinmotherhood #slowmotherhood #candidchildhoood #childhoodunplugged #habitandhome #babybump #inspirepregnancy #babybelly #pregnancyglow #pregnantlife #pregnancystyle #expecting #bumpstyle

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While nail art might not be as long-lasting as other forms of art — it’s just as memorable. What do you think of this manicure trend for moms?