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What kind of exercise can I do after a hysterectomy?

During your recovery, light activity is good for you. It helps prevent problems such as gas, stiffness, weakness, and blood clots. The trick is being active at the right level. Here are a few guidelines:
Take it easy for the first 2 weeks. This means:
  • Don’t sit or stand for more than half an hour at a time.
  • Don’t push, pull, or strain.
  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 5 pounds. And when you’re picking things up, bend carefully at the knees and lift slowly.
  • Don’t do housework or yard work. Get your family to pitch in, or hire help.
  • You can drive as soon as your pain is gone and you are not taking narcotics.
  • Take short walks several times a day. Ask someone for support if you feel shaky or dizzy. Start with short distances, and work up to longer walks.
  • Avoid climbing stairs if it hurts -- but climb them as soon as you can do so without pain.

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