So, I'm back at work! I saw the doctor last Wednesday and he he said that things are looking really good, my incision scar looks excellent and my inside scarring is looking very good as well. He gave me the all-clear to go back to my regular activities, so I was back in the office this morning and back to jogging short distances (1.5 km versus the nearly four I was up to before my surgery) on Wednesday. I've also been lifting more and the increased activity is helping loosen up the last of my abdominal stiffness and get rid of the last of the twinges I was feeling, mostly when getting into my car. I'm hoping that being more active will also make my upcoming period easier since my first period after the surgery was very painful, probably because there was still so much healing going on. I did, however, bleed 75-80% less than before having the surgery, so I was very, very happy about that!
My final instructions from my ob/gyn were not to attempt to get pregnant for at least a year, but to not wait much longer than that either. Hmm...we'll see :) I'm just glad that I can have babies now as before it wasn't even an option. The other excellent news on that front is that despite the large size of the fibroid the doctor removed, my uterine wall held up (there was no gaping), so I will be able to have a natural birth as long as nothing else (like the baby being in a breech position or my cervix not dilating) indicates that I have a c-section. The doctor was quite impressed when my uterine wall held up as quite often women who have large fibroids removed require extensive uterine wall repair and therefore it is deemed safer for them to have c-sections for their births. I must say I am very glad that I have avoided that as recovering from this type of incision once is quite enough for me for now. I'm normally very active, so having my activities curbed for a month and a half was a bit of a challenge.
So there you have it, the end of my myomectomy journey! I hope that sharing my story will be helpful to women looking for first-hand information regarding abdominal myomectomy recovery, but once again, the best advice I can give is that if your doctor advises you to have a myomectomy, go for it! It may be a scary thought at first, but it is so, so worth it in the end because the relief from your fibroid symptoms will be instantaneous and really, the recovery is not that bad either because you feel a bit better every day :)