The Mommy Makeover is designed to makeover a mother’s body so that she can once again enjoy a toned tummy and curvy figure without stubborn fat deposits. However, undergoing surgery will require some downtime for recovery. While it may not be convenient to pause your life for a Mommy Makeover, it can be done if you plan accordingly and follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Wait Until You’re Done Having Children
Future pregnancies can greatly compromise the results of a Mommy Makeover. It is best for women to wait at least six months after their final intended pregnancy and six months after they have finished nursing before undergoing a Mommy Makeover.
Find the Best Time for Your Schedule
Mothers of infants and toddlers spend their time running everywhere, lifting their children, feeding them, cleaning up after them, and more, while mothers of school-aged children spend their time running errands and shuttling their children from school to various activities to friends’ houses. Working mothers have their own set of demands for dealing with childcare and career responsibilities. While these responsibilities never cease, if you carefully look at your lifestyle, occasionally they will let up a bit, such as after the holidays, when soccer season ends, when school starts back up again, or when your children pass the toddler stage. Find the best time for your schedule so that you can make it as easy on yourself as possible to still be a mother while taking time for recovery.
Mothers sometimes have a hard time asking for help. Women feel a lot of pressure to be able to do everything, but after a Mommy Makeover, you will need to temporarily let go of your responsibilities and allow others to help you. Plan for someone to be with you around the clock for two weeks to help with childcare, household chores, running errands, and other daily tasks. At the bare minimum, schedule daycare for your children during the day and, if possible, have your partner care for them in the evening for the first two weeks after your surgery. Bear in mind that depending on your body and the procedures you undergo, you may need more time than this to recover. During recovery, you must avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting, which includes lifting children and cleaning house, so that you do not risk developing complications and compromising your results. It is critical that mothers depend upon a no-fail support system during recovery to ensure that the recovery goes smoothly and that the children can continue to live their lives as normally as possible during this time.
Take Time for You
The Mommy Makeover procedure is about giving back to yourself after all the sacrifices you made and will continue to make for your children. To make your recovery easier and shorter, start taking time for yourself beforehand. Get your children used to regular alone time where they can occupy themselves independently as you take time for yourself, and this will make it easier for them when they can’t rely on you as heavily during your postoperative recovery. Take time to exercise and build healthy habits so that your body becomes stronger, and this will help your body heal faster. Focus on achieving a stable body weight as close to your ideal weight as possible before surgery so as not to diminish the results with weight fluctuations afterward. Most importantly, recognize the importance of feeling your best. The Mommy Makeover can restore your body, your confidence, and your self-esteem to increase your overall well-being. Remember that the Mommy Makeover recovery is temporary and motherhood is permanent; after recovery, you will be able to resume mothering with more confidence and vigor. By making yourself a priority, you can have the body, strength, health, and vitality to care for those you love.
If you are interested in learning more about the Mommy Makeover and how it could change your life, please call our Tampa office at 813-400-1465. You may also fill out our online contact form at your convenience.