after gastric bypass can be safe and healthy. Research
suggests pregnancy after the mother has weight-loss surgery
might be safer than having a pregnancy that could be
complicated by obesity.
more research is needed, studies suggest that weight-loss
surgery before pregnancy might protect women and their babies
from obesity-related problems during pregnancy, including
gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. The latter features
high blood pressure and potential organ damage – often the
kidneys – after 20 weeks of pregnancy
have had weight-loss surgery and are considering pregnancy,
consult your health care provider for help with planning
before conception. You also might consult a registered
dietitian nutritionist and your gastric bypass surgeon for
advice on nutrition and weight gain during pregnancy.
typically recommend postponing pregnancy until your weight
stabilizes — typically at least 12 to 18 months after
surgery. Some experts recommend waiting longer.
persistent weight loss might deprive a growing baby of
important nutrients, leading to low birth weight. To monitor
your baby’s growth, your health care provider might
recommend a fetal ultrasound during the third trimester.
considering the type of weight-loss surgery and your specific
nutritional needs, your health care provider might also
recommend certain nutritional supplements, such as folic acid,
vitamin B-12, vitamin D, iron and calcium, in addition to a
daily prenatal vitamin before and during pregnancy.