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Planning Ahead: Tips for Child Care After Your Mommy Makeover

Submitted by Dr. Fasching on Wed 05/16/2018 - 23:30

A constant for any mommy makeover recovery is obvious; the patient is usually always a mother. This detail ensures there are unique challenges for the patient, especially when they have young children. Although having the kids stay with the grandparents for a short time is easy enough, an extended stay for the entire recovery period is not practical.

So, if you are looking for suggestions on how to care for your child while recovering from Mommy Makeover surgery, here are some ideas to make your recovery as easy as possible.

What You Can Expect

A mommy makeover is a surgery which includes multiple body contouring procedures aimed to correct certain body issues resulting from pregnancy and breastfeeding. The surgery is different from patient to patient. However, the most common procedures included with a mommy makeover are liposuction, breast surgery, and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

The Recovery

Mommy makeover recovery and the time required depends on which procedures Dr. Fasching includes in the surgical plan. When breast surgery is part of the plan, you will wear a surgical bra to support your incisions and implants. With abdominoplasty, an abdominal binder will help with the recovery and drains may be present to help excess fluids drain properly. Liposuction will require additional compression garments, as well.

So, after surgery, you could find yourself bound with compression garments over a good portion of your torso. Bruising and swelling at the incision sites are common so you will need plenty of cold compresses handy to minimize any discomfort.

As a benchmark, you should count on six to eight weeks to heal properly when a tummy tuck is part of the procedure. Although many patients return to work after a couple of weeks, the decision is not final until after an evaluation of your healing progress.

You will receive detailed instruction for after surgery care before you return home, but your follow-up visits may find additional steps to include for a proper recovery.

Managing Children During Recovery

Six weeks is a long time for a mother with young children. These kids may find it hard to understand mommy isn’t as active and playful as before. Older children, however, understand the situation better and at times can be a tremendous help.

Here are some tips you may find useful in managing your children during your recovery:

  • If your children are in elementary school or above, involve them in your recovery.  Explain to them the importance of your recovery and what to expect. You will find them more willing to help and excited at the prospect of being a nurse for their mother.
  • Recruit your spouse or partner, friends, and family members to get involved. You may schedule shifts for heavy lifting and strenuous activities.
  • Allow your kids to stay in daycare or school. Have them ride the school bus or arrange for a carpool to get them to school and back until you recover.  You should avoid driving the car; it’s best to relax in your favorite chair or on the couch.
  • Have your young children stay with family during the first 48 hours after surgery. This period is critical for starting your recovery right and you should spend most of this time resting and relaxing.
  • Get all major housework and projects complete before surgery. Pick up all your medications, stock the house with groceries, prepare meals and school lunches in advance, and finish all errands to limit leaving the house during your recovery.
  • Memorize after surgery instructions before you have surgery. You should know the do’s and don’ts by heart before the day of surgery. It will ensure you will never guess what you should or should not do.

Recovery Area

Set aside a section of your home as a recovery area where you can rest comfortably. If you have young children, you can modify this area, so they can be safe and play without you having to pay much attention to them. Furnish the area with a day bed, comfy couch, or chaise lounge.

Have the area provisioned with plenty of blankets, pillows, comfortable clothing, all your medications, water, cold packs, and snacks.

Childproof the area with safety gates to block off the exits. Also, have your children’s favorite toys available in the room and perhaps a TV with their favorite movies. When you can spend time with your child safely, it can have a huge impact on your recovery and their demeanor.

For more information on Mommy Makeover Recovery, please call (763) 577-7500 or schedule a consultation today.