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The physical recovery after transplant is a slow process. Your body is working hard to rebuild your immune system and strength. A combination of eating well and some physical activity can help you feel better. Each person is different, but here are some tips to help you feel your best physically.

Rest up

After transplant, your body and immune system are worn down. Listen to what your body is telling you and get enough rest. Your body needs rest to support a healthy recovery.

Get moving

Balance your body’s needed rest with some activity. Get up and get moving as your body allows. Exercise can make your body stronger—as long as you don't overdo it. Walking is a good option for many people. Talk to your doctor about what kind of exercise is best for you.

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Eat well

Eating a nutritious diet is important to helping your body get stronger. Your transplant center might give you a special diet to follow. You might need more protein or calories, or you might need to avoid certain foods to protect yourself from infection.

If you are experiencing eating problems, there are things you can do to manage them. Ask the dietician at your transplant center for ideas, or download our tips for managing eating problems (PDF).

Follow guidelines

It is important to continue taking post-transplant medications exactly as your doctor prescribed. Some may cause difficult side effects. If you experience these, talk with your doctor to see if there are other medications that you could try. Also, before taking any health supplements check with your doctor to make sure they are safe. Some supplements can have dangerous interactions with the other medication you are taking. Make sure you continue to see your doctor for follow-up care.

Honor yourself

Do the things that make you feel better. That could be spending time with friends, listening to your favorite music, or doing creative projects. Allow yourself the chance to find personal happiness.