Is it safe to become pregnant for a bariatric patient?

Malnourishment, a high-risk pregnancy and other fears can follow when we think about undergoing bariatric surgery and becoming pregnant. We invite you to clear up all the doubts you might have by reading this article.

 

What should I know about pregnancy after a bypass or gastric band?  Will my baby be able to obtain the sufficient nutrients?

 We have good news for you! Pregnancy after a bypass or another type of bariatric surgery can be safe and healthy as long as you have an adequate management and supervision by you and your doctor. In fact, research suggests that pregnancy after a weight loss surgery can be safer for both, the mother and the baby, this in comparison with a high risk pregnancy caused by obesity problems.

Although more research is needed, some studies suggest that bariatric surgery can protect obese women and their babies from some issues during pregnancy such as: first stage diabetes, pre clampsia, high blood pressure and sings of damage in some vital organs like kidneys, after 20 weeks into the pregnancy.

If you underwent bariatric surgery or are thinking about it and want to become pregnant, you should consult your doctor for planning. You can also consult a certified nutritionist to help you with nutrition and weight control during your pregnancy. And more important, you should let your OBGYN know that you have a weight loss surgery so he or she can supervised you in an adequate manner.

 

How long should I wait after my Bariatric Surgery?

Experts recommend to post-pone a pregnancy until your weight stabilizes after a bariatric surgery. Normally the recommendation is to wait from 12 to 18 months after your surgery, although there are some of them who recommend to wait a little bit longer.

This is due to the fact that a rapid weight loss may deprive a growing baby important nutrients, with a risk of having an underweight new born. To monitor your baby’s growth, your doctor may recommend a fetus ultrasound during the first trimester in to the pregnancy.

Vitamins, vitamins and more vitamins!

Depending on the type of bariatric surgery that you had choose and your specific nutrition needs it is probable that your doctor recommends certain supplements like, folic acid, vitamin B12, iron and calcium, besides your daily doses of prenatal vitamins before and after the pregnancy.

Would you like to lose weight or learn more about bariatric surgery? Reach VIDA Wellness and Beauty

In Vida Wellness and Beauty Tijuana we have certified bariatric surgeons, nutritionists and internal medicine doctors so you can solve all of your doubts and questions, as well as receive appropriate advice about which type of bariatric surgery is more convenient according with your general health, life style and expectations. And as if this wasn’t enough we have certified plastic surgeons that will help you sculpt what you wish to improve once you have your beautiful baby. So, there you have it! There is no reason to worry about the goals and dreams you have in mind!

For more information contact us at 1-619-610-1667 toll free from the US, or from Mexico you can contact us at (664) 608-64-60. You can also write to: contact@vidawellnessandbeauty.com or have a virtual consultation in the following link : Virtual Consultation 

For more information about the profile of our bariatric surgeons in Tijuana, click the following link : Medical Team VIDA Bariatrics