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Umbilical Cord Jewelry Is The Latest Pregnancy Keepsake Trend

As parents, most of us are in the habit of hoarding special keepsakes. After all, our little ones don't stay little forever, so why would we begrudge ourselves the odd lock of hair or hospital bracelet? It might be sentimental, but frankly, we don't care. Some of us might even keep slightly odd things as memories, like their first baby tooth...but how about an umbilical cord necklace? You wouldn't be the only one.

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The umbilical cord is usually something that freaks new parents out. There's this beautiful, bouncing bundle of newborn loveliness...but it's got a piece of dried up umbilical cord stuck to its belly button. It smells, it looks weird and we have to just ride out the storm until it falls off - which can take up to 21 long days. In short, once it's gone, we're that happy we could throw a party. In most cases, anyway. Some mamas and papas have decided that the umbilical stump goes firmly in the keepsake category and here we are - it's now the latest trend. It might seem a little gross to the majority of us who couldn't wait until we got rid of it, but according to a BabyCenter thread, there are some valid reasons as to why some decide to keep it that are hard to argue with.

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One woman explained that it was a tradition from her own mother's culture to preserve the cord as a symbol of good luck, while another said that she chose to keep the cord as a memento of the physical connection between her and her child. Some simply wrap it up and keep it in a memory box, but the business for umbilical stump jewelry has never been better. From rings to statement necklaces, women worldwide are handing over their stumps to jewelers who custom make the pieces. One particular retailer, Speckled Milk, happily include anything from breastmilk to the encapsulated placenta and umbilical stumps in their specially designed pieces.

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Will you be jumping on the bandwagon? Let us know in the comments.

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