If you are a mother who chooses to have plastic surgery at the soonest possible opportunity, it is important to recognize that it will be challenging. As a new parent, you may not want to accept that you need help – you want your baby to need you and only you. However, the reality is that as you do this for yourself – to focus on your recovery – you will need help with your child.
Taking Care of Baby After Your Surgery
These tips will help you ensure that you are safe during your recovery from plastic surgery, and that your baby is well cared for.
- Ask your doctor how long it will be until you can lift your child – the weight of your child may have a bearing, as it is likely there will be a limit on the weight you are allowed to lift after surgery. Be sure you check on this, and if there are restrictions, ensure you only hold your child while sitting down. You also need to emotionally accept that you will not be able to do it all, and that it is not a reflection upon you as a mother.
- Have help available – if you cannot be the primary caregiver for your baby during early recovery, accept help from a trusted friend or family member. Have someone that can juggle helping you and your child, or ask for help from more than one person.
- Help your child any way you can – you may not be able to physically handle your new baby during early recovery, but you don’t need to put ALL of the responsibility on someone else. Do the things you are able to do; prepare bottles, pick out outfits or sing a song to your baby while someone else does the heavy lifting.
- Let daddy step in – if you are typically the full-time provider of care for your baby, recognize that your recovery creates a great time for baby to bond more with daddy!