It is quite possible to have a healthy pregnancy after bariatric surgery.
A healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery after bariatric surgery is possible, and may be an easier and healthier pregnancy than being obese and pregnant.
If you are considering pregnancy, please consult your obstetrician before becoming pregnant. Studies suggest that you wait at least a year to 18 months after bariatric surgery before becoming pregnant. Your body has a lot of healing and realigning to do after bariatric surgery, and waiting is the best way to care for yourself and your future baby.
You can expect to see your doctor more often than the usual obstetrician appointments while pregnant. A dietitian can also help monitor your diet and nutrition during pregnancy and afterward. You want your baby to have the best in nutrition while in utero. Along with prenatal vitamins, your health care team might also have you take additional supplements, vitamins, and minerals, including folic acid, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, iron, and calcium.
Your healthcare team is there to ensure that you and your baby have the best care during this time as you are also still adjusting to the bariatric surgery and the changes to your body that came with the operation.
Should you have any cramping, pain, bleeding, or any other symptom that concerns you during your pregnancy, seek the help of your obstetrician immediately.
After delivery, your doctor and dietician can continue to help you with the best diet for you whether you are breast or bottle-feeding your new baby.
Your bariatric healthcare team will provide help and support throughout the pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum time.