Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery – Is It Possible?

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One of the odds faced by women after they have undergone weight loss surgery is pregnancy. Although Bariatric surgery has no proven adverse effect on women reproductive system, yet the question may arise.

Medical science has enough evidence that obesity can lead to complications in getting pregnant. So, after an obese woman has undergone weight loss surgery, the question will automatically arise that if getting pregnant is possible for her after she has undergone Bariatric surgery?

Before we begin, let us see what this Bariatric surgery is all about.

What is Bariatric Surgery?
It is a kind of surgery considered for losing weight. This surgery is prescribed to those who cannot shed those extra fats through traditional means like exercising and dieting. In this weight loss surgery, the size of the stomach is artificially minimized so that it can have less food intake. Most women who are obese and are keen to get pregnant often undergo Bariatric surgery to get rid of those excess pounds.

Pregnancy after the surgery – is it Advisable?
It is advised that a woman who has undergone this weight loss surgery must not get pregnant within 12 months after the surgery has been done. This is because after the Bariatric surgery a particular amount of time would be required for the body to adjust to the new nutritional level.

If anyone starts expecting immediately after the weight loss surgery, there is a possibility that the child may be deprived of essential nutrients. Moreover, the person will be on medicine and there is a probability that the medicine may harm the development of the unborn child. So, many medical and health experts suggest not getting pregnant within that time.

But, what if someone gets pregnant?
As said before, there is no such complication associated with pregnancy and weight loss surgery. But many people suffer from an internal hernia and obstructed metabolism after the surgery. They complain of abdominal pain, swelling of abdomen and nausea which can affect one’s fertilization. These are also the normal symptoms of pregnancy. So, if one get these complications after undergoing bariatric surgery, it is advisable that she should consider the doctor immediately.

However, the above complications don’t happen with all. Advance medicine and surgical treatments have visibly reduced the side-effects which can arise after any surgery including the Bariatric surgery.

Thus, we can see that Bariatric surgery doesn’t affect getting pregnant. The only thing one needs to do is to remain in consultation with a gynecologist and take proper medicine to maintain the nutritional balance after the surgery.

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