One of the things that is difficult about trying to come back to running after having a hysterectomy, is that there are not a lot of resources out there about how to do it safely. In the past, before minimally invasive procedures, it may be that women undergoing this procedure were advised that they should give up running. Now, doctors no longer advise women to quit running post-hysterectomy, but they also leave it up to the woman to figure out for herself how.
Here are some of the resources I have found.
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If you know of any other post-hysterectomy running bloggers who are not included here, let me know and I will add them!
One of the biggest challenges facing women who have had a hysterectomy as they return to exercise generally, and running more specifically, is the need to protect the pelvic floor muscles from excessive strain. One of the best resources for learning how to safely get stronger is Michelle Kenway’s Pelvic Exercises website. She is an Australian physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic-safe exercises, and her website has loads of informative videos and articles.
My Hysterectomy Story
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Hiya! Thanks for mentioning my blog. 🙂
Thanks for the link to my blog about running after a hysterectomy! I honestly mean to post more specifically about it so that people can find the info directly and not just woven into my journey, so I will do that and send you the link to a specific post-recovery-running post. But overall it has been a great experience after waiting the required 8 weeks rest, and then getting back into running. I think the trick for me was to treat the hysterectomy like a “goal race” and I worked towards it as if it were a fitness goal – building up my mileage, core work, endurance, and cross training. I was fortunate that I knew about it for months in order to do this, though. Then when the date arrived I felt as though i was in the best shape I could be for a good recovery. Good luck to everyone and I wish everyone healthy recoveries!
And I should add that I had a hysterectomy plus other pelvic floor repairs, so my required rest time and recovery instructions might be different from other women.
Hi Cynthia – I agree that you should prepare for a hysterectomy if you get the chance. I did the same thing as you. Did a lot of core conditioning and weights before hand, and if the ankle problems hadn’t cropped up I think I would be in better shape now than I was before. I’m still in pretty good shape as far as core and overall strength, just can’t run right now. But that is completely unrelated to the hysterectomy.