How to Plan a Healthy Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery

Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery

Many women who have had bariatric surgery to get rid of their excess weight are usually in their childbearing stage. It is vital for them to realize that pregnancy is possible after weight loss surgery, and is considered healthy and safe if planned properly.

How Long to Wait for Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery?

According to Philip Schauer, director of advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at the Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, “Pregnancy after weight-loss surgery isn’t an issue. The only concern is [getting pregnant] in the period of rapid weight loss.”

After weight loss surgery, your body has to face many hectic changes due to alteration in your digestive system and diet plans. Thus, it is recommended to wait for at least 18 months to get pregnant after bariatric surgery.

Waiting period of 18 months ensures enough stability to the expecting mother to carry a child safely and her body’s capable of providing the baby with required nutrition. Consequently, this also prevents the probability of undernourishment for pregnant woman and her unborn baby. Also, while waiting to get pregnant after surgery, the weight you lose enhances your chances of conceiving and leads to a healthy pregnancy.

Proper Nutrition is the Key for Successful Pregnancy

The most crucial concern of pregnancy after bariatric surgery is nutritional and vitamin deficiency in expecting mothers. In most of the cases, many women have found to experience malnutrition and deficiency in proteins after weight loss surgery.

You may consult an appropriate nutritionist who can work with post-bariatric surgery pregnant mothers. Let them know the type of surgery you have undergone and other related information including your weight and health complications. Your nutritionist will help you plan your eating schedule to support your progress throughout your pregnancy term. You will also require minerals and vitamins like folic acid, calcium, iron, and vitamin B12 for proper growth of your baby. If you feel nauseated and may not eat proper diet, your dietician may prescribe you safe anti-nausea drug to help you cope with your eating problems. Have regular appointment with your nutritionist to confirm that you and your baby are getting essential nutrition needed for healthy growth.

Will You Need a C-section After Bariatric Surgery?

It is yet another debatable issue for women who are planning to get pregnant after weight loss surgery. Some studies indicate the prospect of C-section in many women who deliver after weight loss surgery. However, there are no valid reasons for C-section delivery, but it would be helpful for you to talk to your gynecologist and weight loss surgeon in this regard.

Don’t Panic About Your Growing Weight during Pregnancy

It is not emotionally easy for a woman with weight loss surgery to accept the fact that they have to again add weight during their pregnancy. This fear forces some expecting mothers to diet during their pregnancy and risks themselves and their baby with nutritional deficiency.

In other cases, some women tend to overeat due to stress and pose severe consequences to their and their baby health. All pregnant women including those with bariatric surgery should avoid gaining excess weight during pregnancy since extra weight usually intensifies the health risk to both the baby and the mother. You can follow your exercise routine to check gaining of excess weight during your pregnancy.

Breastfeeding After Bariatric Surgery

Any women who has bariatric surgery is able to breastfeed her baby without any difficulties. Bariatric surgery does not cause any harm to the mammary glands. You also don’t have to worry about the quality of your milk after weight loss surgery. However, it is important to eat your balanced meals to provide sufficient and nutritious milk to your baby.

Once you get pregnant after bariatric surgery, it is imperative to coordinate and work with your gynecologist, weight loss surgeon and nutritionist to make sure a high probability of having a safe and healthy pregnancy.