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Is it safe to conceive after bariatric surgery?
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Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine
11 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Morbid obesity is one of the 3 risk factors for pregnancy complications (along with high blood pressure and diabetes), so weight-loss surgery actually improves pregnancy outcome.
The main concern becomes nutritional, so close follow-up with your nutritionist before and during your pregnancy is paramount. Also, weight gain during pregnancy is limited: 15-20 lbs. Instead of the typical 25-35 lbs.

In brief: Yes
Morbid obesity is one of the 3 risk factors for pregnancy complications (along with high blood pressure and diabetes), so weight-loss surgery actually improves pregnancy outcome.
The main concern becomes nutritional, so close follow-up with your nutritionist before and during your pregnancy is paramount. Also, weight gain during pregnancy is limited: 15-20 lbs. Instead of the typical 25-35 lbs.
Dr. David Fein
Dr. David Fein
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Dr. Zeenat Hasan
Bariatrics
In brief: Eventually, yes ...
but you should have regular follow up with your surgeon as well as your OB before getting ready to conceive.
In general I tell patients to wait 12 months after surgery to start trying for a baby. Make sure your weight is stable, you have your nutrition under control, and you have received the go-ahead from your doctors first. Discuss in depth with your doctors!

In brief: Eventually, yes ...
but you should have regular follow up with your surgeon as well as your OB before getting ready to conceive.
In general I tell patients to wait 12 months after surgery to start trying for a baby. Make sure your weight is stable, you have your nutrition under control, and you have received the go-ahead from your doctors first. Discuss in depth with your doctors!
Dr. Zeenat Hasan
Dr. Zeenat Hasan
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In brief: Pregnancy
Yes, at 18 months following surgery.
Any sooner can be dangerous for fetal development. We normally recommend closer monitoring during pregnancy.

In brief: Pregnancy
Yes, at 18 months following surgery.
Any sooner can be dangerous for fetal development. We normally recommend closer monitoring during pregnancy.
Dr. Daniel Mckenna
Dr. Daniel Mckenna
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
In brief: Easier to conceive
Fertility usually increases after weight loss surgery.
We often ask patients to avoid pregnancy in the first 6 months. Thereafter should be ok. In fact, some data shows safer pregnancy when obesity is resolved.

In brief: Easier to conceive
Fertility usually increases after weight loss surgery.
We often ask patients to avoid pregnancy in the first 6 months. Thereafter should be ok. In fact, some data shows safer pregnancy when obesity is resolved.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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