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Pregnancy after Weight Loss Surgery: All You Need to Know

September 7, 2017

Pregnancy after weight-loss surgery - Perth Surgical & Bariatrics

Obesity is one of the biggest health concerns in Australia, which explains the increasing number of people choosing to undergo weight loss procedures such as Gastric Sleeve, Roux en Y gastric bypass, and SIPS surgery. Women who are planning a baby, in particular, often consider weight loss procedures, as obesity increases the risk of several problems such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. If you or a loved one is planning to undergo a weight loss surgery before planning a baby, this blog post gives you an overview of what to expect post surgery.

Pregnancy after weight loss surgery – Is it safe to get pregnant after weight loss surgery?

Enhanced Fertility

Bariatric procedure often result in positive lifestyle changes, thereby boosting fertility in women. A report in Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing highlights that women start ovulating more regularly post weight loss surgery. In addition, women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) get a fertility boost after surgery as weight loss surgery resolves their metabolic and reproductive abnormalities. The newfound fertility, therefore, raises the chances of conception.

Useful read – Understanding Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery For Weight Loss

The Need to Monitor Nutrition Intake

Pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes are two common medical conditions that affect obese women during pregnancy. Although undergoing a weight loss procedure resolves metabolic and reproductive abnormalities and brings positive lifestyle changes, there’s still some risk of the person developing certain medical conditions. It is, therefore, the responsibility of their gynecologist to keep a close watch and minimize the chances of any type of complications.

The Need to Monitor Nutrition Intake

Ignoring the nutritional intake during pregnancy can lead to numerous problems. After bariatric surgery, many pregnant women experience deficiency of iron, calcium and vitamin D. Protein-calorie malnutrition and fat malabsorption are also common nutritional complications. Insufficient appetite and nausea are two of the major reason for the deficiencies. Consult your gynecologist about taking antinausea drugs and vitamins during pregnancy.

Useful read – A Handy Guide to Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery

Parting Tip

Undergoing weight loss surgery will help you get rid of the excess weight, but you need to bring various lifestyle changes to ensure long time impact and prevent a relapse. Wait for at least 18 months after undergoing bariatric surgery, before planning a baby. If you in Australia and are looking for permanent relief from obesity, look no further than Perth Surgical and Bariatrics. We are a trusted bariatric surgery center with specialization in performing Gastric Sleeve, SIPS Surgery, Roux en Y bypass surgery, and other weight loss procedures. Book an appointment with our specialists or simply call 08 9370 9686.