Doctors are now suggesting that women who have undergone weight loss surgery should wait a minimum of one year before becoming pregnant.
According to a review found in the medical journal The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, having a child after a surgical weight loss procedure is much safer than becoming pregnant while morbidly obese; however, a medical study showed that the gastric band procedure could cause women to experience severe vomiting while pregnant. This is due to the band reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold. One in four women suffered these complications.
Another study showed pregnancies within the first 18 months after a procedure carried a miscarriage rate that was twice as high as pregnancies that took place more than 18 months after surgery.
The review suggests that women who are planning to undergo such procedures should receive counseling from their doctor regarding not only nutrition and vitamin supplementation, but contraception as well, especially as more women of childbearing age are undergoing weight loss surgeries. Receiving information regarding possible reproductive issues is the only way these patients will completely understand the risks.
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