Bit of a vain question to ask the #MGVfam, but any ladies who have booked c-sections, can you have your toenails painted? I have a pedi booked, but don’t want to waste it if I can’t have them painted!
– Frances #MGVfam Summer 2022/23 due date group
Mum’s Grapevine reached out to specialist Sydney obstetrician Dr Gary Sykes who explained why it’s totally ok to keep your pedi appointments if you’re having a c-section.
“In the past, the Anaesthetist would look at how pink your nail bed was during the operation to give an idea of how well oxygenated you were. Nowadays Anaesthetics have very accurate monitoring machines that can accurately check all sorts of vital signs during your operation, including your oxygen levels.
“For oxygen and heart rate monitoring, typically a fingertip oximeter is used. It monitors your body’s oxygen saturation level and your heart rate simply by placing your fingertip into its sensor. Even so, most hospital surgery admission instructions state: ‘Do not wear nail polish’. That’s because, on occasion, the nail polish will interfere with the accuracy of the oximeter.
‘But in my experience, Anaesthetists are not concerned if you have nail polish on.” said Dr Sykes.
So there you have it, you can have your toenails painted and most of the time your fingernails too if you are having a c-section.
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