When Should a Woman Get Pregnant After Having Weight Loss Surgery?With the onset of a new year come promises that we make to ourselves and one of the most popular is for us to lose weight. We’re bombarded with advertisements from programs to help us achieve that goal and one of the most popular methods of weight loss is bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery involves procedures that help us lose weight by either placing an inflatable “band” around the top of the stomach to control the amount of food that we absorb or create smaller stomachs surgically in various ways. Although that’s an oversimplified explanation, essentially the goal of these procedures is to have less food absorbed in the body and thus we lose weight. Bariatric surgery has proven to be one of the most effective ways of achieving long term weight loss and is recommended for people who are more than 100 pounds overweight.

Over 80% of women have the bariatric procedure and half of those women are at an age where they can have children.  Obesity is a huge problem during pregnancy and while we applaud women who attempt to lose weight prior to becoming pregnant, recent medical studies advise that women wait at least one year after having bariatric surgery before they become pregnant.

Women who had the band surgery have the greatest risk for complications because the band can slip resulting in severe vomiting which occurred 24% of the time during pregnancy according to a medical study. Health Magazine reports that 31% of pregnant women had miscarriages within 18 months after a bariatric procedure compared to 18% of women who waited longer than 18 months to conceive.  Therefore women who want to get pregnant and are thinking about having weight loss surgery should wait at least one year before trying to conceive.  This will allow your body to lose the proper amount of weight and avoid problems receiving the proper nutrition.

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