Hello. I'm only 32 weeks, thought I was leaving plenty of time to get my rings off before my section in 6 weeks time. Tried last night and this morning and my engagement ring (and thus my wedding ring) is well adn truely stuck! I am sure taht my fingers are swollen, but it actually feels like my knuckle bone has got bigger. I've tried covering it in cold water, hand cream and soap, but it just seems to get more swollen when i try to take the ring off. Any useful ideas? I can't bear the thought of having them cut off, but have considered sloping off to A and E when they are quiet and finding a junior doctor to do the job.
Try holding your arm in the air while your OH massages downwards (ie towards your heart) from palm to shoulder for 20 minutes. You can rest your hand on his shoulder, but keep it above your head.
Then, with your arm still raised, gently rub something slippery around your ring and finger, rotating the ring so that the stuff works it's way underneath the ring. You could try talc, a greasy cream, or soap - but not together, only one per attempt!
Then put your hand in front of you, holding it firmly with your other hand, thumb on the ring-finger knuckle and fingers underneath the knuckle. Pull backwards on the skin while your OH gently spirals the ring off your finger.
Thanks for the ideas ladies. This morning I tried the hand above the head trick, the ribbon one looked too complicated for one person (found a diagram in the internet!). Finally I had some success with cold water and some Durex lubricant (which I had to drive to the next village to get, in case someone I knew came into the pharmacist)!
Hey, ho, I'll be breastfeeding soon and my hormones are hardly reliable at the moment, so I'm sure I'll use up the rest of the bottle in due course
Congratulations on getting it off! I work in orthopaedics and getting stubborn rings off is pretty routine after broken wrists etc - so top tips
Get it up in the air properly for a good 20-30 mins. In hospitals we can do this really easily on a "Bradford sling" (big foam sling which hooks on a drip stand) but slung up in a pillowcase attatched to a bookshelf or anything else high will work just the same, if properly high, not just on a pillow or the arm of the sofa.
ICE, frozen peas etc. 5 mins at a time and give it another go.
Oil (cooking, olive, bicycle...whatever's cheap and to hand)
The ribbon trick above works too - needs to be that really thin ribbon (about half cm) wrap from fingertip towards hand and slip the final end under the ring. Unwind from that end and it should force off your ring.
Ultimately though just remember rings are much easier to get fixed than fingers if one or the other needs chopping off, I know which I'd go for! All A&E departments and minor injuries units should have a ring cutting device. A good jeweller can do an invisible repair later.
lucky u - I had to get my engagement ring cut off by jeweller today he assures me it will be fixed and look good as new, wedding ring came off easy enough though as it's half a size bigger - finger is slightly deformed so hoping it starts to look normal soon!