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Would you wear makeup and do your hair for a planned c section?

  • poll: Would you wear make up and do you hair like normal for a planned c section?
    yes : (146 votes)
    74 %
    no : (50 votes)
    26 %
  1. LuLu Mom

    GOLD / wonderful olive / 19030 posts

    Heck yes I would (and plan too next month!) I look like hell in my pictures after my section with DD (20 hours of labor first.) and so I figured a perk of scheduling is I can look pretty in pictures My C-section is at 1 pm in the afternoon, so I'm going to have a lot of time to kill before while being anxious and not being able to eat/drink, might as well get ready!

  2. lawbee11

    GOLD / watermelon / 14076 posts


  3. littlebittyhouse

    pear / 1570 posts

    I would do my hair, brows and some mascara - prob not blush and lip color for medical reasons.

    I was SO MAD that I didn't have a fresh mani pedi for my birth. 8cm and I was telling the nurse that I really wished I had gotten a pedicure ha ha

  4. avivoca

    watermelon / 14467 posts

    I probably wouldn't, but I usually don't wear makeup unless I'm at work. The most I would put on would be some BB cream and lip balm. I showered while in labor, but my hair looked like a hot mess once I got done laboring so my mom fixed it for me.

  5. Mamasig

    pomegranate / 3565 posts

    Of course! Hello - that is a perk of a scheduled c section! I wore the same amount of makeup I wear to work - nothing crazy. I also dried and straightened my hair. My pre-op didn't say anything about not wearing makeup. It said no deodorant, lotion, wash with antibacterial soap. With my 2nd, it was planned but bumped up unexpectedly. I went in for an appointment and was dressed for work. They sent me over to the hospital and had me clean up. No one said anything about taking my makeup off. Unless, you wear a TON of makeup, I think the doctors and nurses will be able to see if your coloring has changed. At one point, my blood pressure dropped. They knew from my face and the monitors.

  6. Mamasig

    pomegranate / 3565 posts

    @littlebittyhouse: with my 1st, I had my nails done the day before. Glad I did! I didn't have time with my second.

  7. MarieJ

    pear / 1579 posts

    I had a scheduled c-section & I made sure my hair and makeup were both done! I love looking back on my pictures

  8. Mrs. Lion

    blogger / grapefruit / 4836 posts

    I plan on showering that morning and blow drying my hair, but no makeup probably. I don't usually wear much make up anyway. I will though for my first shower after...I know it will feel better to look a little nicer after going through surgery.

  9. plantains

    grapefruit / 4671 posts

    Meh, I don't tend to wear makeup very often anyway.

  10. bhbee

    cantaloupe / 6085 posts

    I totally would. I had med free labors but if i had had an epidural I probably would have done it then too! But I also won't leave the house without minimal makeup so I'm that person.

  11. wonderstruck

    pomegranate / 3791 posts

    @Applesandbananas: I guess I'm not understanding how it's so dangerous - they're not doing anything to your face and from the comments it seems like most doctors (including mine) have no problems with it.

  12. jape14

    pear / 1586 posts

    I totally would! I had a scheduled induction and I got a blowout beforehand. It was early September in the South (aka a million degrees + humidity) and I wanted to look nice for pictures but refused to blowdry my own hair in those swampy conditions at 41 weeks pregnant!

  13. Applesandbananas

    pomegranate / 3845 posts

    @wonderstruck: my OB said they look at your face, eyes, lips, fingernails, etc. during the surgery to gauge how you're doing and make up (and fingernail polish) masks a lot of that. It's hard to tell, for example, that someone's lips have turned blue if they're wearing red lipstick.

    It was, in my opinion, a reasonable explanation and I trusted my OB's judgment.

  14. CakeLady

    pear / 1657 posts

    I had a scheduled c-section. I definitely washed and blow dried my hair, DH talked me out of wearing make up. I ultimately realized that if I got sweaty/cried a lot I might end up looking worse with makeup than without...

  15. wonderstruck

    pomegranate / 3791 posts

    @Applesandbananas: I was told not to wear nail polish - I never asked why but that must have been the reason.

  16. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    I totally would! Nothing crazy, just to look fresh!

  17. pui

    bananas / 9899 posts

    I probably wouldn't because I'd want to be comfy and makeup starts to feel kinda crusty after a while.

    Maybe get some eyelash extensions instead? That way no makeup is required!

  18. jedeve

    pomegranate / 3643 posts

    I would wear mascara. I doubt they are monitoring your eyelashes!

  19. oliviaoblivia

    pineapple / 12793 posts

    @jedeve: that was my thinking. They're not checking the skin under my eyebrows.

  20. megjay18

    cherry / 189 posts

    i'm planning to do my hair and makeup. we take so many pictures that day - might as well look as good as i can. plus you don't know when you'll have the opportunity to make yourself look/feel good again for a little bit. unless they tell me otherwise, i'm doing it!

  21. lovehoneybee

    GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts

    As long as my doctor okayed it, sure. I looked terrible in my photos right after E's birth. But I don't wear a ton of makeup...a little BB cream, some mascara, a swipe of lip gloss.

    I will definitely be getting my eyebrows done and a pedicure right before, though!

  22. wrkbrk

    pomelo / 5084 posts

    @BabyPenguinXO: I would if I could! But I know they told my friend for hers no makeup, no jewelry (even earrings) and no nail polish! It is a surgery after all!

  23. stratosphere

    apricot / 329 posts

    Well, my c-section was an emergency and took place right after I had an external cephalic version to turn my breech baby. I had a day full of meetings scheduled after the procedure, so of course I had on makeup (I happened to have done a nice winged liner that day) and I had blown out my hair. Everyone remarks how "glamorous" I look in my baby's first photos...I actually feel a bit embarrassed about it as the winged liner is a bit much! I tell everyone "but I didn't realize I was having a baby that day--I thought I would be meeting with my CEO!"

    I'm fortunate that my eye makeup didn't run at all despite the tears of joy I shed upon my baby's early (but safe) arrival.

  24. Dandelion

    watermelon / 14206 posts

    I did for my scheduled c section. After my labor, my hair looked like a rat's nest and I generally felt like I was hit by a truck. So I wanted to look nice for my planned c section.

  25. Trufflehunter

    grape / 96 posts

    I would have except I am a crier and it would have run and looked awful!

  26. jh524

    pear / 1632 posts

    Bumping this thread! I want to know, if you wore makeup to your RCS, did they make you remove it at pre-op?

    I want to at least wear some eye liner and mascara.

  27. oliviaoblivia

    pineapple / 12793 posts

    @jh524: I've had two RCSs now and worn makeup to both. Just some bb cream, mascara, and eyebrow pencil. My OR pictures from my this are great. Haha. I'm not usually vain but after my awful photos with my first I'm so happy to not look like a homeless person with my next two.

  28. caterw

    persimmon / 1445 posts

    My doctor scheduled me to be induced on my due date after my early morning appointment showed I had an amniotic tear. The hospital didn't admit me until the afternoon, so I took a shower, did my hair, and put on a little bit of makeup. I also painted my nails! You won't want to do that stuff for a bit after the baby comes, so you might as well. Also, there is no shame in wanting to look nice for pictures of yourself with your new baby.

  29. AalisMom

    pea / 18 posts

    I would and I did! BUT I was told no manicures or pedicures because I guess they need to keep an eye on the color of your nails during surgery and make sure they're not turning blue or anything. And no perfume either but that might just be in case someone is allergic.

  30. AalisMom

    pea / 18 posts

    @stratosphere: Ahahaha winged eye liner! Thats the best tho! Glad baby arrived safely.

  31. erinbaderin

    pomelo / 5568 posts

    I had to leave the house at 4:00am to get to the hospital on time and I still showered, straightened my hair, and put on some eyeliner and a bit of blush. I also got a pedicure but was told in advance no nail polish (like somebody said, they need to see your nail beds).

  32. jh524

    pear / 1632 posts

    Great to hear! Thanks ladies!

    @oliviaoblivia: awesome. Thanks! That's exactly what I'm hoping for as my last labor I looked like I'd been ran over by a truck so I'm hoping to look better for this one;)

    @AalisMom: thanks I'll just remove my push tonight and keep them natural

  33. Mrsbells

    squash / 13199 posts

    Not a chance. When LO was a newborn I basically never wore make up, so many chemicals in all of it that I wouldnt want getting on her and irritating her sking. I started wearing makeup when I took her to church for the 1st time she was nearly 4 months old at the time

  34. MoonMoon

    pomegranate / 3391 posts

    I voted yes, but I don't usually wear makeup. But I'd get a blow out, eyebrows done, that sort of thing.


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