Hey @MellieMoo There's a couple of threads on the forum re what to expect. Pre-op is fairly straightforward and your surgeon will advise what you need to do prior to arriving for your surgery. Post-op, pack your post-op bra and a button up loose fitting top and shorts or trackies to slip into. If you have long hair braid it as it might be a few days before you can wash your hair, unless your partner or a friend can help you.
The surgeon will give you your post-op instructions and you need to follow them. They differ a bit from surgeon to surgeon. You can't lift anything for the first two weeks and definitely not a little one out of the cot. If your partner can't help, is there anyone else who can help you? Or get your little one to put their arms around your neck and legs around your waist, rather than you lifting them.
Rest and recuperate and take it really easy and be gentle with yourself. Recovery differs from person to person. Some struggle and some cruise through. I was lucky to cruise through and I hope you do too :)
Maybe have some pre-prepared meals you can take out of the freezer, it'll be hard to cut up veggies and things for a couple of weeks. You also can't lift your arms above your head for the first week or so.
For me driving was out for the first week.
In your other post you ask about what to say to your 4 year old. Not a lot really, just say mummy had an operation and they need to be gentle with you. They may not notice your boobs or they might - it's up to you how much you tell them. You could say mummy needed to get her boobs fixed after breastfeeding or something like that. Simple and not too complicated.
Good luck with your surgery, we'll be thinking of you and keep us posted as to how you go xoxox