Pregnancy after Weight Loss Surgery

October 1st, 2011 - Posted to Weight Loss

Pregnancy after Weight Loss SurgeryA common concern among women contemplating weight loss surgery is pregnancy.

Does weight loss surgery affect fertility? It can — in mainly positive ways. Doctors say that obesity can negatively affect fertility, which is a cause for concern.

More than half of pregnant American women are overweight or obese at the time of conception and gain more than the medically recommended amount during pregnancy.

Researchers at Brown University announced last winter that the inflammation of fat cells can affect the placenta in pregnant women, causing a higher incidence of low birth weight, more instances of pre-term labor, and complications from C-sections. A British study has found that when mothers are obese early in pregnancy there is an even higher risk of infant mortality.

This means that it is safer to have a healthy weight when becoming pregnant. However, the process of losing weight can cause stress on the body, which means that a period of rapid, aggressive weight loss is not the optimal time to become pregnant either. Doctors recommend that women wait until their weight has stabilized before becoming pregnant — eighteen months post-surgery is a good general guideline.

After WLS You Might Experience a Boost in Fertility

Ovulation can become more regular, and for obese women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, weight loss can help resolve the disorder's fertility consequences.

Expectant mothers must watch their nutrition closely. This becomes doubly important after bariatric surgery, because weight loss surgery restricts the amount of food you can consume. Some surgeries also restrict absorption of calories and nutrients. Patients must be sure they are getting enough protein and vitamins, and this becomes even more important when pregnancy is considered. A nutritionist can help plan a good post-weight-loss surgery pregnancy diet.

So, can pregnancy be safe after weight loss surgery? Can weight loss surgery even make pregnancy safer? The answer is yes! Just make sure you plan in advance, get your doctor's advice, get checked up regularly, and keep your focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Marina Weight Loss would be happy to provide any further information on pregnancy after weight loss surgery or on any other weight loss issue that concerns you.