After a woman has gone through a difficult experience like surgery for weight loss, pregnancy may be one of the highest goals on her list after actually dropping the pounds. As is borderline-common knowledge these days, obesity can cause serious complications for pregnant women, but losing the extra fat can make bearing children much safer — with a bit of patience. Pregnancy after weight loss surgery can be tricky, thus leading to more doctors attempting to understand how to make it less risky for those women.
In a review published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, researchers looked at several past studies in order to better understand and assess the benefits and disadvantages of weight loss surgery before, during and after pregnancy. Their findings show the necessity for women who have just lost significant weight after surgery to wait to have children; this is particularly pertinent considering the obesity rate in females of child-bearing age is expected to rise from 24 percent all the way to 28 percent just 2 years from now.
According to the review, gastric band slippage and movement can occur in pregnant women, leading to severe vomiting, whereas band leakage was reported in 24 percent of pregnancies. Additionally, the authors noted that the miscarriage rate among women who became pregnant 18 months or less after weight loss surgery was 31 percent, while that number dropped to 18 percent in those who waited longer than a year and a half.
Co-author, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist Rahat Khan also stated that weight loss surgery patients should be considered high-risk with regard to pregnancy, but that it is much safer now than ever:
“An increasing number of women of child-bearing age are undergoing bariatric surgery procedures and need information and guidance regarding reproductive issues. In light of current evidence available, pregnancy after bariatric surgery is safer, with fewer complications, than pregnancy in morbidly obese women.”
The most important thing is to pay close attention to what your body is feeling, as well as to stay in close contact with doctors, in order to ensure the safest possible pregnancy.