Many questions surround any kind of surgery, and the Mommy Makeover is no exception. Obvious questions include:
- How much time should you take off from work?
- How can you talk with your kids — and your coworkers — about your procedure?
- Should you have a post-surgery care plan in place?
These are just a few of the questions that we want to answer today, with our …
The Mommy Makeover is not the kind of surgery you can squeeze into an already-packed schedule. Not only does it require several weeks of downtime, but also it is harder for your body to heal when you feel stressed. You want to find a time when it fits into your life well — when you can take the appropriate amount of time for rest and recovery. Because the Mommy Makeover should be the start of a short, much-deserved Mom-cation (aka Mom vacation), we want to find a time when it won’t create extra, undue stress in your life.
Many women worry about how to tell their coworkers or children that they have decided to have a Mommy Makeover. Remember that you choose who you would like to tell. Just because someone asks does not mean you have to answer. This is your life and your choice. If someone asks and you’d rather not explain, and you’d rather not say that it’s none of their business, you might answer that you are having “female surgery.” Most people will immediately begin backpedaling!
If you decide to talk with your children ahead of time, the important thing is to make sure they understand that you are okay. We recommend that you avoid talking negatively about your body, as you don’t want children to misinterpret your words to think they are at fault. Some women explain to younger children that they are having their tummy fixed because the doctor said it was a good idea. This keeps the blame from children but also reassures them that nothing is wrong.
There will always be some negative voices. At the end of the day, however, this is your choice. Remember why you are doing this, and surround yourself with friends and family who love and support you.
Especially if you have young children, it is important to enlist the help of friends and family. For the first few days, you may not feel up to doing everyday chores such as making dinner. What about the heavy lifting, like laundry, grocery shopping, and diaper-changing? This is your opportunity to pass the baton for 2-4 weeks. Indeed, strenuous activity should not resume for six weeks. We recommend that you plan ahead so you know who will be helping you and when.
One of the best ways to work through anxiety is to talk about it with your doctor, or others who support you, before the procedure. Your doctor may even prescribe some anti-anxiety medication. You can also enlist the help of a friend or family member to drive you to and from the procedure.
The best way to prepare physically for a Mommy Makeover is simply to be in good health. Establish a routine of regular workouts, healthy meals, good sleep, and drinking enough water.
We hope these five tips can help you to prepare for your Mommy Makeover. We know you may have more questions and if you do, you can always call our office at 518-346-0002. We are happy to help you to prepare for your own Mommy Makeover!