A frequent question I see regarding c-sections is whether you're allowed to wear contacts, makeup or nail polish during the surgery. It's always best to check with your own hospital's policies regarding these matters, however, here's what you might expect to hear:
Nail Polish- probably won't be allowed on your fingernails. Why? During the surgery, you will be wearing a pulse oximeter on one finger to monitor your oxygen saturation and pulse during the surgery. Wearing nail polish on your finger can cause the pulse ox reading to fail. If you arrive with nail polish on, anticipate that they may remove it from one finger.
Alternative to painting your fingernails: Paint your toenails instead! They'll be covered up with feet booties during the actual surgery, but you can enjoy them during your recovery.
Contacts- Many hospitals will allow you to wear contacts during a c-section The reason why some hospitals may not allow you to wear contacts during surgery is to protect your eyes in the event that you are put under general anesthesia. However, with the advances in day and night contacts now, I'm not sure whether their is much risk or not. If you want to wear contact lenses during your c-section, make sure you check your hospitals policies ahead of time.
Makeup- The hospitals that I know of DO allow makeup. It's possible that there are hospitals that don't, but in general, most hospitals will allow you to wear makeup during a c-section.
Some women may be reading this and shaking their head wondering why any woman would even care what she looks like during a c-section. Look at it this way- during a c-section you're laying on a cold table completely exposed and with no control over your body. Your belly is cut open and your insides are on the outside. For some women, wearing makeup and trying to look nice gives them a little bit of control in a helpless situation, as well as making them a little nicer in photos. Consider it vain, but it's important to many women.
If you are a c-section mom, did you wear makeup, contacts, or nail polish? Why or why not?
*Your hospital may differ in policy to what I have written. It's always best to meet with a maternity coordinator from your hospital before your c-section date and discuss your birth preferences as well as learn what your hospital policies and procedures are.