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Planning ahead for your hysterectomy recovery outfits? Don’t forget to plan what you’ll wear post-op and at home. Maybe this sounds silly to you, but I planned and researched like crazy what to wear home from the hospital and what to wear while I’m recovering from my hysterectomy so that I would be super comfortable. I asked friends, and researched online, especially at Hystersisters and I’m so glad I did!
Most likely you’ve got a few things in your wardrobe that will work but you may need to pick up a thing or two. The pink pajama pants with the white shirt in the image and the Pinterest pin are one of the actual outfits that I put together for myself. I’ve also included some tips for picking out the perfect hysterectomy recovery outfits, along with links in the Shop The Post at the bottom of the post, so that you can rest in comfort and still be a little cute on the days you feel like it.
So what should you wear post-op and at home? Here’s what I’ve learned just a few days into my own recovery.
At The Hospital
At the hospital, they will give you a lovely gown to wear after surgery. They even gave me warm fuzzy socks with non-slip dots on them. They were super comfy but not the prettiest. Their purpose is to keep you from slipping and falling. Unless you have your own hospital gown, the hospital gown is the way to go.
Going Home From The Hospital
When leaving the hospital, I suggest comfy lounging pants, pajama pants, or yoga pants (non-compression) in a size up in case your tummy is swollen. Depending on the time of year, a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or cute pajama shirt will work. Don’t forget shoes that just slip on. You may not feel like bending over to tie your shoes. One of my friends wore a lightweight, loose, knee-length maxi dress home and around the house.
Look for anything that will not sit on your incisions. Remember you are going home from surgery and not going to a party. Brush your hair, and teeth and throw your hair into a messy bun for the ride home. You may not feel like changing clothes again when you get home, so wear anything you will be comfortable sleeping in.
They may also give you some lovely panties to wear home. I suggest those, they are more comfortable than they look! You may have a slight period post-surgery and this will keep you from messing your nice panties up. The key here is comfort and they stretch to your tummy size. If you wear your own, look for granny panties that will not bother your belly button or sit on your incision and ones that will be comfortable sleeping in and be a little stretchy because your tummy will be swollen. This is not the time for thongs!
Pajamas and Gowns
Wear anything that doesn’t sit on your incisions and doesn’t press on your tummy. I loved the lounge/pajama pants that were drawstring because they were loose enough to pull over my belly button or I could have them down really low and either way they were comfortable and super cute. I wore them for two days straight! I slept mostly anyway!
Remember gowns? Break out some pretty gowns and maybe even go retro with a matching robe. My mom used to have a half robe that was really pretty. Its sole purpose was to make you look pretty from the waist up while in the bed and you couldn’t see what was underneath the blanket. They’re called hospital or bed robes. I wish I had that now! I’ve included one in the Shop The Post widget below.
Be careful here. Don’t go for all-out compression. I bought a pair that doesn’t have a true waist. There was no elastic and the waistband was super wide and went over my belly button, or I could fold it down to my hips. I loved these on day 5 post-surgery. Just made me feel a little supported but not squished, and I felt like I was wearing regular clothes. I even got my hair up in a cute bun! Don’t believe me check out my Instagram post!
Loose t-shirts are a must! Mostly to be comfortable and to cover your tummy and because you may still be sleeping a lot. I mean t-shirts are cute and so multi-purpose. At least if you have to go anywhere or you have company a t-shirt and yoga pants are perfect.
Another item I found to be super comfy was loose dresses, especially if I had to go somewhere. They are so popular right now and look pretty but are loose and comfortable. You can hide all that swelling and not have to worry about wearing your tummy control undergarments. Bonus t-shirt style dresses or loose dresses are easy to put on since they just slip over your head. No bending over!
Sports bras! Because who wants to wear a push-up bra while sleeping for days on end? Be comfortable. Maybe even a cute sleeping or lounging bra. I really love my pink lounging/sleeping bra from Target.
The main thing I learned, is that comfort is key. But you can still feel cute and pretty when you’re up to it while recovering. Pick out some things in your favorite color, or with a pretty pattern, whatever will make you feel better and that’s what’s important. Having a hysterectomy is life-changing so making your recovery comfortable for you will help you feel better and you’ll heal better. Remember you are the princess during this time, treat yourself like one!