Cleaning House after Umbilical Hernia Surgery

Well meaning friends and family will tell you not to worry about cleaning after surgery. It's easy not to worry about the toys, and dust, and dishes, and laundry, and….okay, easy not to worry about it on days one through four. It's day six now, and I can say that I feel good enough to come out of my room and walk around my house – where the mess is.

My husband has actually done a great job keeping up with the kids and the house while also taking care of me. But he's back at work today and I'm looking around thinking it's time to do something. I felt this way after my c-section three years ago. Unfortunately I went crazy on the third day and cleaned the entire house and even detailed my car. Huge mistake. I ended up so sore and tired as a result. So three years later, older, and wiser, I'm going to share some dos and don'ts of cleaning after Umbilical Hernia Surgery (And possible many other abdominal surgeries).

Unfortunately I went crazy on the third day and cleaned the entire house and even detailed my car. Huge mistake.


Push a Swiffer Sweeper or other type of floor duster on tile floors. I can see little bits of trash, toys, and dust that have made themselves at home on my tile floors. I pushed it all into a pile and left it there. I'm not ready for bending to pick it up yet.


Sweep. The amount of twisting and pulling that sweeping requires may set your recovery back a day or so and you'll end right back up in bed sore. If you don't have a Swiffer Sweeper then maybe use the broom in a similar fashion by pushing it in front of you into a pile.


Wipe and pick up stuff from waste-height surfaces. This means counters and shelves. Get the bread crumbs and trash that's accumulated over the past few days.


Scrub. If there's a yogurt mess that a certain eight-year-old girl let dry then leave it for someone else. It may not hurt while scrubbing, but you'll feel it later.

Also don't

Wipe low tables that require you to bend. Bending will put pressure on the incision.


Get your kids in on the action. Give them a basket to fill up. You can give them perimeters such as grab all the toys or all the clothes and shoes. Or better yet, grab everything off the floor. Either have the kids put the stuff away, hide the basket until you feel better and ready to put the stuff away, put items away one at a time as long as they are light and don't require bending, or save them for your spouse. The best part is that the things aren't all spread out.

Things that can wait for your spouse or whoever is helping or for another week or more until you feel better.

  1. Laundry
  2. Dishes
  3. Making beds
  4. Vacuuming
  5. Trash
  6. Mowing

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