As your belly gets bigger along with your baby,
the skin of your belly could tighten considerably as it stretches.
This sometimes irritates the belly button ring area,
even when you wear loose-fitting maternity clothes.
It also becomes more difficult as the pregnancy progresses to keep the ring and the skin clean to avoid infection.
It's definitely necessary to remove the ring before a planned cesarean delivery.
And because unplanned cesareans do occur once labor begins,
it's a good idea to remove the ring before or at the beginning of labor.