Belly Blessings

RENO, NV - Kim Allcock is an artist; her paint is from a flowering plant called Henna.

Her canvas is Heidi Jackman-Rahn's belly.

Heidi is 29 weeks pregnant and is ready to show off her "Belly Blessing" at a baby shower in about ten days.

“I don't know she had some great Hawaiian style turtles, hibiscus flowers and things like that. But I'm open to anything she wants to do,” says Heidi when asked about what design she’ll select.

“A lot of people like the idea of having a blessing something formal to give to themselves and their baby. It’s also something, where you get to the end of your pregnancy and you don't feel so beautiful anymore, and having henna applied to you makes you feel beautiful,” says Kim.

Kim says she usually starts on one side of the belly and moves around to the other.

Within minutes you can see the brown design take shape and form on the smooth skin.

Heidi says it feels good, and sometimes the baby moves.

Kim says when this type of temporary tattooing is done at traditional Middle Eastern or Indian Weddings, the bride and groom’s initials can be hidden in the design.

In this case she's put the baby's name on the bottom right hand corner.

She says she could go on forever, and continue to draw and draw and draw, but we had to get back to the station and edit the story.

“Oh I love it,” says Heidi when she sees the I-Phone picture.

She’ll have to look in a full length mirror to get the best view of her tattooed belly.

Heidi will have to cover the design for a couple of hours until the henna dries.

Within 48 hours her belly will display a red tinted tattoo for everyone to see.

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