One thing about my upcoming revision that’s got me scratching my head is...what is my recovery going to look like with a 1 year old cruising around?!
Parenting a baby or toddler is a very physical job.
In and out of a crib several times a day, into the highchair, up off the floor, running across the room to prevent smashed baby fingers or a tumble off the chair. The idea of parenting from the couch while I recover seems like a joke.
As moms, we regularly put self-care lower on the priority list than caring for our kids. Even if you think you can grit your teeth and bear a little discomfort, lifting a little one could do some serious damage to your immediate post-op body.
Here are 5 tip to a more gentle recovery that I’m hoping to implement after my surgery.
I hope they help you, too!
#1: Kiss That Vacuum Goodbye
Aside from childcare, the mom gig often calls for a lot of cleaning. Time to delegate out some of those responsibilities!
Since sweeping, wiping counters and even folding laundry will take an extra physical toll on your body, consider having a friend stay with you or hiring someone to help with house work for the first few weeks after plastic surgery. Add that expense to the budget for your procedure ahead of time.
#2: Freezer Meals For The Win
If cooking meals is a normal part of your day, do some heavy food prep before your plastic surgery. Making soups or casseroles and putting them in the freezer is a task you will not regret!
I plan to buy some easier snacks and breakfast foods for that first week so I can simply point my family in the right direction to appease their appetite.
Also, be sure to keep your takeout menus close by so you can ask your SO to grab something on the way home from work.
#3: Practice Some Independence
One habit we’re putting into practice at our house is letting our little one spread her wings a bit. While I might normally rush to pick her up and throw her on my hip anytime she makes a peep, I’m trying a few new things.
When she’s feeling clingy and just needs to be in my presence, I sit down on the floor and allow her to climb in my lap. We’ve also been normalizing some more simple affection like holding hands.
Diaper changes can happen on the floor for a while instead of the changing table, and a travel highchair that can sit on the ground will keep me from having to lift her up. I’m hoping to go ahead and get her used to crawling into it herself.
#4: Call In the Troops
If you have any friends or family around you who know about your breast augmentation, ask them for help!
I know, I know… this is easier said than done.
But think of a time when someone you cared about was going through a challenge and you wished you knew how to help.
Make sure your tribe knows what your physical limitations are and that you’re concerned about how all the heavy lifting will get done. When someone offers to take your kids for the day or bring over a hot meal, say yes!
If you don’t have any one close by to help you out, it might be time for a doula. Have you heard of a labor or postpartum doula? Their job is simply to be your helper while your giving birth or just arriving home with a new baby.
Look up a postpartum doula in your area and ask her if you could hire her to be your post-op doula. Chances are, you aren’t the first person to ask her that.
I realize a lot of the suggestions require a whole new line item in your budget, but waiting until you can afford your recovery needs is an excellent way to improve your results and experience.
#5: Give Yourself the Gift of Grace
Time for a confession. One of the main reasons I listed out this recovery plan is to give myself permission to heal after my upcoming revision.
Being a mom is a full time job that is filled with expectations—mostly expectations that we put on ourselves. Doing something like getting a breast augmentation and taking time to recover may make you feel selfish, but here’s the truth...
Taking care of yourself IS taking care of your family.
Be gentle with your physical and mental self, because your kids deserve a mom who is well cared for and you deserve a gentle recovery. :-)