After a breast augmentation, especially with breast implants placed under the muscle, you should avoid any activity that will use your chest muscles for 4-6 weeks. This includes lifting anything heavy!
One of your post-op restrictions will be around lifting. You shouldn't lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for at least the first two weeks. Yes, this includes kids!
Up to 4-6 weeks after your breast augmentation some surgeons put a specific weight limit on any lifting... I've seen it range from 5-20lbs. The exact weight limit and timeframe will depend on your surgeon's individual post-op instructions.
You're advised not to 'lift anything heavy' because it could do damage to your internal pocket, possibly resulting in breast implant displacement or cause early complications like bleeding.
How to Pick Up Your Kids Post Breast Augmentation
If you're blessed with a family (little one, or ones!) you may be wondering how on earth you're going to manage after your breast augmentation if you can't lift.
There are a lot of recommendations around the topic of when it’s ok to pick up kids. Sometimes it's impossible to not pick them up! Kids need their mom!
If we're being honest... I picked my daughter up at 1 1/2 week post op when she was 13 months old.
There’s a safe way to do it...
Avoid picking up a child with your arms out because that will hurt and could even damage your healing chest. What you do is kneel down, bring the child close to your chest and wrap your arms around them, and then use your legs to stand. So you’re barely using your chest muscles at all.
Here’s a video I did on the technique while I was recovering. You may find your own tweaks to this technique but as long as you're not leaning over or lifting with your arms and you listen to your body you can pick your little ones up... carefully.
Those first couple of weeks after your surgery are THE most important time in the healing process. If you can get extra help with the kids during this time, take it! You could even encourage your little one, ahead of surgery, to get used to sit down cuddles and/or climbing your legs onto your lap!
Where lifting restrictions post-op are concerned you definitely want to follow your own surgeon's instructions. If you have little ones let your surgeon know and work together so that your recovery is trouble-free.