Pregnancy After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Before deciding if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you, your bariatric surgeon will need to know your full medical history and any special concerns you have. These may include concerns about the surgery’s effect on your ability to get pregnant. Provided it is carefully planned, getting pregnant after weight loss surgery can actually be safer than before the surgery.

Risks of Obesity During Pregnancy

Women who are obese during pregnancy are often considered to have a high-risk pregnancy. This means that closer prenatal monitoring and additional tests may be necessary, due to the increased risk of complications. Obesity increases the risk of having a baby born with heart defects, spina bifida, ADHD, and limb reduction defects. It also increases the risk of preeclampsia, postpartum hemorrhage, intrauterine death, high birthweight, and the need for an emergency C-section. Gestational diabetes and infections are other risks. For these reasons, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women with obesity try to lose weight before becoming pregnant.

Risks of Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery can be a safe and effective way to reach a healthy weight before becoming pregnant. However, you should plan to wait at least two years after the surgery to become pregnant. Getting pregnant two years or longer after gastric sleeve surgery is not without certain risks. You’ll need to work closely with your obstetrician to plan a healthy pregnancy. Be aware of the possibility of vitamin deficiencies, low birth weight, maternal bowel obstruction, maternal hernia, and preterm birth.

Effects of Obesity on Fertility

Obesity is strongly associated with a decline in fertility. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully, delaying your plans to have bariatric surgery can help improve your chances of success. Be aware that there is a risk of unplanned pregnancy after the surgery as your fertility improves. Until you’re ready to get pregnant, you’ll need to be careful about using birth control. Since gastric sleeve surgery uses a restrictive approach, instead of a malabsorptive approach, it shouldn’t affect the effectiveness of birth control pills.

Making the decision to have a sleeve gastrectomy in Houston is a significant life event. You need sound medical guidance and practical information before moving forward with gastric surgery. For the personalized attention you deserve, call Bariatric Care Centers at (713) 339-1353.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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