Thank you for the question. Congratulations on surviving some very serious pregnancy related complications! Medical optimization and clearance from your internists will be helpful prior to proceeding with elective surgery.
There is no magic number of months to wait. You will know physically (when you are at your baseline weight) and emotionally when you are ready to proceed with this major operation. This planning would involve making sure you have enough help for your children (if relevant) and yourself during the recovery period (approx. 3-4 weeks).
I do however have another word of advice for you. Patients who are about to undergo tummy tuck surgery spend a lot of time thinking about the physical preparation for the procedure (for example weight loss issues) but do not spend a lot of time thinking about the emotional aspects.
It is not uncommon for patients who undergo the procedure to experience severe “mood swings”. These emotions may range from depression ( “why did I do this to myself”) to elation (which may lead to over activity). I think it is helpful to be aware that these emotional swings do occur postoperatively.
Suggestions I have for patients undergoing this procedure: 1. Make sure you have a strong support system in place who have time/patience to take care of you. 2. Be patient with the healing process, understanding that it will take several weeks to months to feel “normal” again. 3. Be prepared to distract your mind with things of interest such as books, magazines, and movies. 4. Expect less of yourself; do not go back to work too early and let others take care of you (for a change). 5. Keep in close communication with your surgeon and do not hesitate to communicate questions/concerns and the emotional swings that you may experience. 6. Keep in mind the end result!
I hope this helps.