It's important to get plenty of rest when you go home after a hysterectomy. Try to balance this with taking some gentle exercise, such as short walks, which will give you more energy.
You may find you feel tired for several weeks or longer, so try to take things easy and have regular rest periods. Getting back to normal is a gradual process and can take some time.
It will also take a while for your abdominal (tummy) muscles and skin to heal. You will need to avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for at least three months. Some women also find it uncomfortable to drive for a few weeks after their operation, so it may be a good idea to wait a while before you start driving again. Your insurance company may have guidelines about this. You can also contact the DVLA (Drivers and Vehicles Licencing Association) for advice.
Looking after or supporting a family can be hard even when you are well. Women with young children or elderly relatives to care for won't be able to do all the things that they usually manage for several weeks after a hysterectomy. This can be difficult to adjust to and cope with. It's important to be realistic about what you can manage and to accept help from your partner, family and friends. You can also speak to a social worker about getting help for a while after your operation. We have more information on childcare for parents with cancer.