As soon as you are able, eat well-balanced meals to help you recover more quickly and to help you feel your best. What you eat after your surgery affects your well-being. You need to eat healthful meals and drink lots of liquids.
Follow these guidelines to have a balanced diet:
Resume your normal diet as soon as you can.
Do not skip meals. Eating three balanced meals is essential to maintain your health. It may be helpful to eat six small meals each day instead of three large ones.
Balance your diet between the basic food groups: dairy, meat, fruits, vegetables and grains.
Your first activities at home should be similar to those you were doing in the hospital. Remember, your recovery will take several weeks of steady progress before you feel your best.
You should get up and walk every 1 to 2 hours during the day. Start out with short walks and gradually increase your distance.
Avoid heavy exercising for 6 weeks. It is OK to take long walks as you are able to.
Rest is as important as exercise. After surgery, your energy level will be low and you will get tired easily. When you feel tired, your body is telling you to rest for awhile. Some days you will have more energy than others. It takes about 6 to 8 weeks to fully recover.
— Abdominal hysterectomy: Avoid lifting anything that weighs more than 10 pounds for 6 weeks after your surgery.
— Laparoscopic total hysterectomy: Avoid lifting anything that weighs more than 25 pounds for 6 weeks after your surgery. Light household lifting is OK.
— Laparoscopic subtotal hysterectomy: Avoid lifting anything that weights more than 25 pounds for 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery. Light household lifting is OK.
Avoid activities that risk direct injury to your incision.