There is no shortage of ultrasound keepsakes on the market these days for parents to take home and enjoy as they anticipate their new little one's arrival. From handmade trinkets such as jewellery and picture frames to heartbeat sound art to hang in the nursery, plush toys and even 3D printouts of the fetus, many expectant parents seemingly have no issues helping to build excitement for their baby-to-be.
But a nail artist in South Florida has come up with a brand new way to honour new life - and what started a tiny new nail trend has clearly begun to make a big impact.
Hui Hensley has an undeniable talent for creating indelible images, and this has been extremely apparent in her current work in nail salons all across the southern US state. The former art professor and oil painter from China has recently been getting more and more requests from her clients to create tiny images of their unborn babies' ultrasounds on their nails.
“I think this trend will be very popular because it is such a precious time in the lives of moms and dads,” she said.
Hensley began painting ultrasounds as part of her manicures in response to her clients' requests several months ago - a gesture that is making headlines and creating new ways for women to honour their unborn babies.
This new beauty trend is catching on, and many women see it as the perfect way to commemorate new life - without the permanence of more expensive (and painful!) ways to celebrate a new baby, like a tattoo.
For many women, having a black and white replica of an ultrasound delicately painted on a fingernail is a fun, unique accessory to show off at a baby shower or gender reveal party. But for others, it can also serve as a way to preserve a memory and honour a child that has been lost.
One woman bravely expressed her sadness and grief following a recent pregnancy loss by sharing a heartfelt post on Instagram accompanied by a photograph of her ultrasound nail art.
"This manicure has been a long time coming," she wrote. "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."