After a hysterectomy, many women find themselves more and more sedentary as they heal. It’s easy to put on weight when most of the first two weeks of recovery you spend in bed or on the couch. You may find yourself mindlessly snacking or overeating. However, weight gain after a hysterectomy causes a slew of problems, including depression and weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to vaginal prolapse. Here’s what you can do to ensure your weight and exercise stay on track after a hysterectomy surgery.
Be sure to consult your doctor before your hysterectomy to discuss a diet you can follow to prevent weight gain, and what exercises you can do during recovery that are less strenuous than running or lifting. They may suggest:
- Stretching and Yoga
Do make a goal to get thirty minutes of exercise at least three times a week to keep up your strength and well-being after your surgery. Don’t forget that doing Kegel exercises will also strengthen your pelvic floor to prevent vaginal prolapse.
To do Kegel exercises, simply squeeze the same muscles you use to stop urination. Try to do a few repetitions a day. You can even do them while watching TV.
By choosing a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains, it’s even possible to lose weight after your hysterectomy if you are overweight to begin with. Your doctor can recommend a diet for you or refer you to a nutritionist that can create a diet plan based on your needs.