Facts about Childbearing and Weight Loss Surgery
If you want to have a child, having one after weight loss surgery is still a viable option. Here are some considerations you must make, and some things you should know:
- Make sure Dr. Cywes knows that you are trying to become pregnant. It may be necessary to adjust the band or deflate it completely until after you give birth.
- Do not attempt to get pregnant less than 12 months after your surgery. At that point, your weight will be more stabilized and there will be fewer concerns regarding malnutrition for the fetus.
- Wait until you are no longer plus-sized. While having a child after weight loss surgery is safer than having one before, you may still face certain complications if you are plus-sized.
- Be very conscious of the nutritional value of the foods you eat. You must make sure you are getting enough vitamins to keep you and the baby healthy.
- If you find yourself struggling with the image of yourself as you gain weight during pregnancy, be sure to talk to your doctor and a therapist about it.
- It may be easier for you to get pregnant after surgery, since your hormones become more balanced, so you may get pregnant much faster than you anticipated.
- Be sure to tell your obstetrician about your weight loss surgery. He or she may recommend other vitamins and supplements knowing about your history.