I'm almost 39 weeks and stupidly didn't take my wedding ring off because I wasn't getting any swelling. And now I am! And it's not v comfortable. I've tried vaseline and soap but forcing it just makes the knuckle swell even more. Anyone got any brilliant ideas? Or will I have to put up with it?
Removing a Ring from a Swollen Finger
When a finger on which a ring is being worn is injured or becomes swollen, it is usually best to remove the ring as soon as possible. This can sometimes be done by using a lubricant (eg, soap, olive oil, or antibacterial ointment). One alternative is to cut the ring off, if a cutter is available and the ring is not of great sentimental or financial value. It is possible to remove a ring intact from a moderately swollen finger using the following technique:
Elevate the hand for several minutes to drain as much venous blood as possible.
Lubricate the ring and the finger.
With the hand still elevated, wrap the finger from the distal to the proximal end with fine twine, packing string, or dental floss. This compresses the swelling out of the finger temporarily.
When you get to the ring, pass the end of the string under the ring (you may have to push it through with a toothpick or similar object) and begin to unwind. The ring will slowly be advanced by the string until it passes over the proximal interphalangeal joints (PIP) and can be removed.
good plan! did it hurt though? I manage to get to the knuckle then it gets really painful and I have to stop - how will I cope with labour??! there's no risk of having to have it cut off if i don't manage, is there?
I cut and pasted it so the language is a bit scary.
In easier words, wrap dental floss round your finger from the tip up to the ring. Slip the floss under the ring (usually there is a space underneath the finger. Unwind floss and as it unwinds it will bring the ring with it.
I have seen this work. If it does not come off you will need to consider getting it cut off as it will swell more.
oliv - if you can turn it you should be able to get it off. Worth tryingh the dental floss. The danger is that your finger could swell more (even in a week) which could restrict the circulation then mean it has to get cut off.
Have you tried washing up liquid and pushing the ring firmly upwards at the back to get it to slip over the knuckle rather than just pulling?
Done it!!! the threat of having it cut off (it's quite a posh one and a present from dh) helped me get over the pain. the dental floss thing almost worked but made a lower bit swell up too much to get it over. in the end the secret was ice water, elevation and liquid soap. thanks so much for the tips!