Best Way to Sleep Post Op?

  • breastfriends93
  • 1 year ago

I am getting my breasts done in August and I'm starting to think about these things. I love sleeping on my stomach. People say sleeping flat on your back hurts too much. Is it going to feel like an elephant standing on me? I am a little nervous! I like my sleep haha. 

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Ive just had my BA 4 days ago, sleeping is really unconfortable as I have been told I need to sleep upright to reduce fluid build up and swelling. I have been using ice packs and the swelling is fine, my boobs are soft, I am all strapped up with think plaster which is due to be removed in a weeks time, and im wearing a very tight sports bra... I would like to sleep on my back as being propped up is killing my back, and my stomach is bloated.. im so tired
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Just had mine done sleeping has been the worse part..i finally landed on a deep cushion chair set i had in the house..kept my back straight..arms up but not low...and i would place my feet up equal chair in front of me ..i know crazy..it was that and the couch but key was staying up right,..less swollen and pressure and easy to get up by myself by day two..or get a recliner but make sure you able to get yo by yourself some are two deep ..today day 7 best day..going to try my bed today because my butt is hurting...now ..the things we endure..and i will make sure i am as upright as possible in bed but it has more cushion and feel the worst is over swollen has gone done two the amount now :) thank goodness..this sounds crazy but it worked for be soft think wrap around neck kept my neck up right and comfy
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Ultimately, I think it boils down to whatever position you can get comfortable enough to actually sleep! :) Personally, I started out propped up on the couch (either propped sitting up or half-sitting, half-on my side). When I moved back to my bed on POD 2 or 3, I propped myself up with a couple throw pillows in addition to my normal pillow. Over the next few days, I was able to start laying flat on my back and/or my side (I used a small pillow under my boob when I was on my side). "Morning boob" generally seemed worse if I was laying flat in those early days - but some Tylenol before I had to get up was helpful. I didn't start actually sleeping on my stomach for maybe a couple weeks, but I did have to spend 15min every night (starting day of surgery) on my belly per my postop instructions.
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I started sleeping on my side 2 days post op and on my belly on day 9. My PS said as long as I'm comfortable I can sleep however I want but that sleeping upright helps with swelling.
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You will need to consult with your PS to determine the best sleeping position for your healing breasts. Many women sleep upright using recliners or tons of pillows. A body pillow can be a great friend during recovery. Also, many women prefer a low bed such as futon, so it's easy to get out of bed. Let us know what your PS suggests! 

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okay thank you so much!
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