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Do This - Not That: Prevent Dehydration During Hysterectomy Recovery

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What are some things I can do to try to not become dehydrated during my hysterectomy recovery?What are some things I can do to try to not become dehydrated during my hysterectomy recovery?

Following a hysterectomy, it can be easy to become dehydrated. If you had to do a bowel prep for your hysterectomy, you may have gone into surgery at least a bit dehydrated. The diet restrictions the day of your hysterectomy can also start you down the path of dehydration. Blood loss during surgery can also be a contributing factor, as well as initial diet restrictions. During recovery, you may find pain or just not feeling well prevents you from eating and drinking as you should, adding to the problem.

Hydration and water for hysterectomy recovery are critical, so here are some do’s and don’ts you can follow so you can prevent dehydration.


  • Sip water all day.
  • Monitor your fluid intake so you are aware of how much you drink.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables.
  • Suck on popsicles or ice cubes.
  • Drink sports drinks with electrolytes if you are vomiting.
  • Keep a glass or water bottle with you to remind you to drink.
  • Ask your doctor for medications if you are vomiting or nauseated.
  • Drink more as you become more active.
  • Drink more if you are sweating a lot from hot flashes or night sweats.
  • Stay cool.
  • Be aware of dehydration symptoms.
  • Report significant blood loss to your surgeon.
  • Remember, at least 8 glasses of water per day, every day!


  • Don’t drink alcohol.
  • Don’t drink a lot of caffeine.
  • Don’t use a lot of salt.
  • Don’t overindulge with salty snacks and foods.
  • Don’t stay out in the sun too long.
  • Don’t ignore a fever.
  • Don’t forget to drink more if you are on a high-protein diet.
  • Don’t assume you don’t need to drink if you are only lying around.
  • Don’t forget a balanced diet–you can get fluids in food, too.
  • Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor regarding symptoms and what to do.
  • Don’t forget, at least 8 glasses of water per day, every day!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-21-2015 - 04:42 PM


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