Hysterectomy Recovery Must Haves


April 26, 2022

Hi, sweet friends! I’m 3 weeks post hysterectomy today, so I thought I’d share some of my hysterectomy recovery must haves.

So far, my recovery has been pretty great. The first 3-4 days were tough, but since then I haven’t had any problems. The hardest part has been taking it easy, not working out and not lifting more than 10 pounds. I have one more week until I can start running – the countdown is ON.

Thanks again for all of your support throughout my surgery and recovery! You guys are amazing, as always.

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Hysterectomy recovery must haves: robe, mesh undies, water bottle. sweat pants, heating pad, book, sweatpants

A COMFY ROBE | If I wasn’t in my sweats, I was in my comfiest robe. No brainer.

MESH UNDERWEAR | Yep, the good old mesh underwear we wear after giving birth make their return to help us get through the hysterectomy recovery.

THERMOFLASK WATER BOTTLE | If you need your water cold, this water bottle is a must have. It gets almost 38k five stars reviews and is less than $30.

BAREFOOT DREAMS BLANKET | The coziest blanket I own definitely came in handy during my recovery.

COMFORTABLE SWEATPANTS | These Lauren Moshi sweatpants are a splurge, but they are hands down THE most comfortable pair I own. The waistband isn’t tight and the elastic didn’t rub against my incisions. I’m also linking similar less expensive pairs below.

AMAZON ESSENTIAL BIKINI BRIEF UNDERWEAR | This is my go-to comfy underwear. They get over 103k reviews and are less than $15 for 6 pairs. They hold up so well after washing.

GOOD READS | I used my recovery time to catch up on some reading (along with reality TV, obvs). We Are Not Like Them and Educated are my two recent favorites. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend them both.

HEATING PAD | This one is a definite must, especially to help with the pain from the trapped gas they pump into the cavity for surgery. That’s honestly the most painful part. This heating pad gets over 100k five star reviews.

  1. Paulette says:

    I read everything I could find when preparing for my Oophorectomy 2 months ago because I could have gone in the Hysterectomy direction., but didn’t . And let me tell you, I was afraid because I’m not in my 40s or 50s, I’m 71 and didn’t think I’d bounce back as quickly. I didn’t have a lot of pain as I kept on top of my pain meds and was able to stop early. I did sleep a lot, listened to my audio books, wore pull on shorts and skorts and T-shirts. My saving grace was my Soma cami shape wear which kept my clothes from rubbing on my incisions, and I could skip wearing a bra. I had meal prepped a lot in advance and my husband, who does not cook, took directions like a pro once we needed to start making fresh meals. We even attended a Diana Krall concert one week after my surgery.
    What knocked me for a loop, however, was my Melanoma Surgery on the back of my arm one month later. My third procedure in three months, this is when my body started protesting and forced me to slow down, a lot! My husband had to find someone else to go to the James Taylor concert this time. It’s been three and a half weeks and I’m finally beginning to feel like myself.

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