Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery
What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery (such as gastric bypass or banding) helps people lose weight. It's only used for people who are obese and have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise.
This surgery makes the stomach smaller. Some types of surgery also change how your stomach connects with your intestines.
How can the surgery affect your pregnancy?
This surgery may increase your risk of having a cesarean section (C-section).1 But there is some debate about why. It may be that past C-sections increase the risk, rather than the weight-loss surgery. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns about your chance of a C-section.
How long should you wait after surgery to get pregnant?
Experts suggest that a woman wait for 1 to 2 years after bariatric surgery to get pregnant.1 This surgery helps people lose a lot of weight quickly. Getting pregnant too soon after surgery could mean that a growing baby might not get needed nutrients.
How will your pregnancy be different after weight-loss surgery?
In most ways, your prenatal care will be the same as for other women. But there are a few differences.
Some women may have a hard time with the idea of gaining weight for pregnancy after losing all that weight. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you.
What can you do to have a healthy pregnancy?
Making healthy choices can help you have a healthy pregnancy. Eating well and being active are two of the most important things you can do.
eMedicineHealth Medical Reference from Healthwise
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Parenting and Pregnancy
Get tips for baby and you.