Can You Get Pregnant after Gastric Bypass Surgery?
You can get pregnant after gastric bypass surgery.
More Info: Pregnancies after gastric bypass procedures are relatively safe and considering the risks associated with pregnancy and obesity, can even be beneficial to both the mother and the baby.
Conception and Gastric Bypass
Studies show that women who are morbidly obese or who have a high percentage of body fat are often infertile. [Wittgrove, 441]
Gastric bypass surgery often increases fertility for women suffering infertility issues due to obesity. ["Can I become Pregnant after Surgery", umm.edu]
Pregnancy and Gastric Bypass
It is possible for obese women to conceive but such women are at a higher risk for pregnancy related complications including hypertension, diabetes, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and preeclampsia. Because of the conditions that can afflict obese women, they suffer more limitations and difficulties in the course of their pregnancies as compared to women who have a normal or healthy weight. [Wittgrove, 441]
A healthier weight following gastric bypass surgery makes it easier to carry the pregnancy to full term with fewer health complications risks that obesity brings about with pregnancy. [Harms, MayoClinic.com]
Gastric Bypass Pregnancy Precautions
Despite the fact that pregnancy has been declared safe for women after they have undergone gastric bypass surgery, it is important to wait for at least 18-24 months before actually becoming pregnant. ["Can I become Pregnant after Surgery", umm.edu]
After gastric bypass surgery, the body continues to shed excess weight as the size of your stomach becomes smaller and your appetite wanes. To reduce the risk of depriving your growing baby of important nutrients and malnutrition it is important to wait until your weight has stabilized. [Harms, MayoClinic.com]