I have a confession. During the first weeks after delivery, I almost take as much pleasure in watching my swollen extremities shrink as I do in watching my newborn develop. This pregnancy was the first one in which I had to remove my wedding bands. My hands were swollen during the other pregnancies; however, I opted to continue wearing my rings until they were so big I could not longer take them off. This time I developed a rash under the rings so they had to go.
I was very self conscious when it came to removing my bands, seeing as it is the most recognizable symbol of marital commitment and fidelity in our culture. But, hubby convinced me that it was better to be mistaken for an unwed mother than to continue to allow a skin rash to spread and take over my hand. I guessed he was right, so I eventually relinquished.