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Am I likely to have to remove wedding rings for labour?

(30 Posts)
preggersshock Sat 13-Oct-12 22:08:13

It hadn't occurred to me until today when a friend asked me if I could get my rings off (swollen fingers!), that I might have to for labour... Guessing a natural birth I won't need to but if I need a cs is there a chance they would take them off me (cut them off?). Anyone got any experience of this?

halloweeneyqueeney Sun 14-Oct-12 23:27:26

I had an emergency CS and the OP made me swell up so much that my rings would have had to be cut off if they'd still been on. To give you an idea of how swollen I was my feet temporarily went up over 2 sizes!

the swelling wasn't unusual amongst the other post CS ladies on my post natal ward

so just incase you need the op, I'ld leave them at home

DizzyDizzy Sun 14-Oct-12 21:10:31

don't know if this helps. but my sister-in-law is going through her 4th pregnancy, but this is the first one that her fingers have swollen so much she's had to take her wedding rings off, and she's 32 weeks. she's got them on a chain around her neck. but she too was devasted about being parted from them. don't feel bad though. you'l be giving your husband the amazing gift of life!! so i'm sure he won't hold it against you if you do have to take them off. congratulations xxxxxx

preggersshock Sun 14-Oct-12 20:38:08

Hadn't considered swelling up afterwards! Thanks ladies, have managed to get them off, they are safely locked away, feels weird not wearing them

Rockchick1984 Sun 14-Oct-12 11:51:05

I was just coming on to say the same as marmite - I used to work at a jewellers, one of my roles was cutting rings off that people couldn't remove. Having seen an infected finger where it had cut into someone's finger so badly (no I didn't remove it, sent her to hospital) and remembering how much I swelled up the last week or 2 of pregnancy, I would really do anything to remove them now. Personally I couldn't be without a ring on that finger so I bought a cheap silver band in a bigger size. When I got measured for it, I had to get one 4 sizes bigger than the ring I'd just struggled to remove, and even that was a bit tight immediately following the birth!!

Marmiteisyummy Sun 14-Oct-12 08:22:18

I work in theatres. They will just tape them but if they're already tight please consider removing them now. The swelling will just get worse to the end of pg and if you need a section and are poorly afterwards the swelling could get so bad you have to have them removed (cut off) to allow circulation to your fingers. I know it's hard to be without your rings but it's much better than the alternative.
If you're struggling to get them off then the best trick is to use lots of soap under and around the rings then remove with a turning/twisting action rather than trying to pull.
Good luck

Smicha Sun 14-Oct-12 08:05:01

I didn't have a section but did have to go to theatre for stitches and had to remove all jewellery and my contact lenses!! DH attached my rings to his key ring I noticed when he gave me them back confused I'm surprised they're not scratched to bits!

BikeRunSki Sun 14-Oct-12 07:41:40

I had mine taped over for both my emcs.

Splatt34 Sun 14-Oct-12 07:28:14

Any metal has to be ideally removed or covered for surgery. main reason is that in the theatre there is a risk of burns from metal touching metsl. also they could come off & get lost.

I'd managed to get away without my fingers swelling but in labour my rings were intensly irritating so i took them off

bonzo77 Sat 13-Oct-12 23:25:02

I had all mine on for induction and emcs. Had to take rings off a couple of hours later as I suddenly swelled up due to the amount of fluids I was given. Just asked dh about my earrings but he couldn't remember either!

MrsShrek3 Sat 13-Oct-12 23:05:16

Anon afaik there's germ potential and also rings very easily get caught if/when the hosp staff move you during an op.

CharlieStinkySocks Sat 13-Oct-12 22:59:01

Don't know if this is policy everywhere but at St Thomas' it is remove rings before surgery unless you can't remove in which case they tape them up- I was very relieved as my poor sister had her wedding and engagement ring cut off a few years ago for a section

Lucky ladies being able to keep yours on, I'm 33 weeks and have to wear mine on my necklace already envy

anongirl09 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:56:12

Why do you need to take rings off for surgery? I can't think what problems they would cause.. confused

WillowB Sat 13-Oct-12 22:52:45

I had a (very!) emergency section & remember trying to prise my rings off my fingers whilst having a consent form shoved in my face & my clothes pulled off. In hind sight I'd take them off and put them somewhere safe at 37 weeks. It's the last thing you want to be bothering about in labour. Nail polish is also a no no for a c section.

Homebird8 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:29:34

My DH took his wedding ring off and threw it across the room when I was in labour. In his defence it was because I was crushing his fingers around it during contractions and they were coming thick and fast at the end and he didn't have much time grin The midwife was shock until I laughed as he explained!

Gooseysgirl Sat 13-Oct-12 22:26:45

My fingers were so swollen my rings were long gone off my fingers before the end of pregnancy! Was asked to remove other jewellery before EMCS which I gave to DH to look after.

preggersshock Sat 13-Oct-12 22:25:28

Thanks everyone, they are staying on then! Good news, had visions of ice packs and soap and a lot of hours trying to prize them off, thank god for tape! grin

Chubfuddler Sat 13-Oct-12 22:25:04

They told me to come in for c section without them. They would tape if I could t get them off but preferred they were off.

EdithWeston Sat 13-Oct-12 22:23:06

They always ask you to take rings off for any form of surgery, but will tape over a plain wedding ring if you do no wish to remove it. I'd take off any rings with stones in or of a fancy design (even well before delivery, if they're likely to be stuck) and take the chance on taping for a wedding ring only.

You also need to take off all nail varnish (a bluish tinge is a sign of problems, and it is a check they use).

UmBongo Sat 13-Oct-12 22:22:14

Wore my wedding band for both births, no-one asked me to remove them, but I was only in hospital 30 minutes before either baby arrived!

milkysmum Sat 13-Oct-12 22:21:57

I have had two emergency c sections and with neither were I asked to remove ring

Rings do not have to be removed, even for elective surgery, they would be taped over.

MrsShrek3 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:21:17

If desperate need to do cs they'll tape them smile

ChristineDaae Sat 13-Oct-12 22:18:48

I got a plaster over my nose piercing i think... I'm sure they'll just cover it!

Chubfuddler Sat 13-Oct-12 22:17:59

I had to remove my rings for my elective c section. I think I wore them for my VB.

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