Pregnancy and Obesity

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pregnancy and obesity.

Is it safe to conceive after bariatric surgery?

Dr. McKenna discusses how bariatric surgery can lead to a healthy pregnancy and baby. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Is it safe to conceive after bariatric surgery?

Yes, it is definitely safe to have a baby after undergoing bariatric surgery. In fact, having bariatric surgery and weight loss can improve the outcomes for pregnancy. However, it's best to wait at least one year after the bariatric surgery before you get pregnant. This makes sure that you don't have any complications from the surgery and that you've achieved your optimal weight loss. In addition, the nutritional requirements for a woman who has had bariatric surgery is going to be different and it's very important that you have a well-balanced nutritional status prior to getting pregnant.

 

Yes, it is definitely safe to have a baby after undergoing bariatric surgery. In fact, having bariatric surgery and weight loss can improve the outcomes for pregnancy. It is best to wait at least one year after the bariatric surgery before you get pregnant. This ensures that you don't have any complications from the surgery and that you've achieved your optimal weight loss. In addition, the nutritional requirements after bariatric surgery are different, and it's very important that you maintain a well-balanced nutritional status before getting pregnant. Women who have had bariatric surgery may not absorb some important nutrients necessary for a healthy pregnancy and baby. So it’s often necessary to monitor certain nutrient levels in mom and supplement as required. This can be done by maternal-fetal medicine physicians at Miami Valley Hospital working with your obstetrician.

Source: David McKenna, MD, Perinatal Partners