If you’ve just given birth and are looking for your old body back or have been a mom for a while and are looking to restore your body back to what it looked like years ago, a Mommy Makeover is a great solution.
Many areas of the body can be addressed by the procedure including the breasts, abdomen, waist, and buttocks.
But after you have the procedure and are recovering, with so many surgeries done at once, how do you sleep? What is the best position? Let’s take a look!
What Position Should I Sleep In After a Mommy Makeover?
If you have a Mommy Makeover with a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck at the same time, you’ll want to sleep like you’re sitting in a recliner; not flat on your back or on your side. You can do this by laying on several pillows or sleeping in a chair. You’ll need to do this for at least the first week. After that, you can lay flat on your back or on your side.
If you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ll need to avoid that for at least 4-6 weeks.
Other Ways to Sleep After a Mommy Makeover
What other ways can you sleep after a Mommy Makeover? There are actually a number of ways you can sleep after the procedure. You just have to be a little creative. And if you need any advice, make sure to ask Dr. Shienbaum or Dr. Gargya.
Some of the other ways you can sleep after a Mommy Makeover include:
Sleep in Bed On Your Back with Plenty of Pillows
If sleeping in a recliner isn’t an option for you, you can create the same position in bed. Use pillows to elevate your legs and behind your head and back.
If a tummy tuck is part of your Mommy Makeover, your abdomen will likely be tight and you won’t be able to lay completely flat on your back or on your side. Elevating your head and chest and your knees ensures you are in a recliner-like position while in bed.
Sleep in Bed in the Fetal Position
If you must sleep on your side, you can do so after a Mommy Makeover but it must be in the fetal position. Bend your knees and bring them as close to your chest as you can and bring your chest close to your knees.
On top of that, you’ll want to hug a pillow as well. It will add to your comfort. This is especially recommended if you also had surgery on your buttocks as well.
How Else Can I Stay Comfortable After A Mommy Makeover?
What other ways can you ensure you’re comfortable during the recovery process? There are a few tips you’ll want to follow.
Following your Doctor’s Orders
Your doctor will give you instructions for after your surgery. Follow them as best you can. The instructions are meant to help promote healing, avoid excess scarring, and ensure you’re as comfortable as possible.
Avoiding strenuous activity
In the first few weeks after a Mommy Makeover, you’ll want to avoid any strenuous activity. This could mean not working out or lifting weights, or not picking up your kids. You don’t want to pull your sutures as it could mean a longer healing process and more visible scarring.
Taking your medication as prescribed
Your doctor will likely prescribe some kind of pain and anti-inflammatory medication. Make sure to take it as directed. This could mean you need to get up in the middle of the night to take your scheduled dose. It’s better to get up and take it than miss it and feel the effects of it later.
Walking during the day
While you’ll want to avoid strenuous activity, you will also want to walk during the day. It increases blood flow, improves circulation, and can speed up your recovery process. You don’t need to walk far. Just around the house is enough at first.
Avoid certain foods and drinks
You’ll also want to avoid certain foods and drinks that will make it harder to sleep. This includes caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. Instead, try drinking more water and eating healthier foods. It will not only help you sleep at night, but it will also help with the overall recovery process as well.
Schedule A Consultation
Interested in learning more about the Mommy Makeover procedure and the recovery process? Scheduling a consultation at Brandon Plastic Surgery is a great first step. Dr. Shienbaum and Dr. Gargya can walk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
To schedule a consultation today, call our Brandon, FL office at (813) 359-1075 or use our online scheduling form for a virtual consultation.