Weight Loss Surgery Raises Some Pregnancy Risks

Weight Loss Surgery Raises Some Pregnancy Risks

Is weight loss surgery bad for baby?

A new study suggests that women who have undergone bariatric surgery are more likely to deliver babies who are pre-term and underweight. This news comes from a new study published in BMJ. The study followed close to 15,000 births that took place in Sweden between 1992 and 2009. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

There were a total of 2500 women in the study who had previously had weight loss surgery, and the average time between surgery and delivery was five years. It has long been rumored that bariatric weight loss surgery can sometimes give fertility a boost, but there were no findings of that nature in this particular study.

The findings

The findings of the study were very surprising. As it turns out, ten percent of the babies born to the women in the group who had previously undergone weight loss surgery had babies who were premature or who had low birth weights. Only six percent of women in the other group, the one without a history of weight loss surgery, had babies who were premature or who had low birth weights.

The research also had a few positive surprise findings as well. Women who had been through weight loss surgery were less likely to deliver excessively large babies, and were also less likely to suffer from insulin resistance or high blood sugar.

What causes this?

Researchers say that this is the first study of it’s kind that has been done on this subject, so more research is definitely needed to find out what exactly the correlation is. However, they hypothesize that the reason for the low birth weight and premature babies most likely has something to do with deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, which are often common in women who have bariatric surgery.

What this means

Of course, there is still much work and research to be done in this field, and doctors are still figuring things out. If you have had weight loss surgery and are currently pregnant, make sure you tell your OB/GYN. Some doctors have experience dealing with this,but not all do.

Talk with your doctor about how to make sure you are getting the nutrients that you need, and also how to reduce your risk of having a baby prematurely or with a low birth weight. You also might want to discuss with your doctor whether or not you will have an increased risk of having to have a cesarean section as well.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.