Bariatric surgery is surgery to help you lose weight. This type of surgery is only used for people who are very overweight and have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise.
This surgery makes the stomach smaller. Some types of surgery also change the connection between your stomach and intestines.
Having weight-loss surgery is a big step. After surgery, you'll need to make new, lifelong changes in how you eat and drink.
How can the surgery affect pregnancy?
If you had weight-loss surgery, experts suggest waiting for 1 to 2 years after the surgery to get pregnant.footnote 1 This surgery helps people lose a lot of weight quickly. Getting pregnant too soon after surgery could mean that a growing baby might not get needed nutrients.
Weight-loss surgery before pregnancy can:
Help you get pregnant if obesity was the reason you had trouble getting pregnant.
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Kwong W, et al. (2018). Maternal and neonatal outcomes after bariatric surgery. A systematic review and meta-analysis: Do the benefits outweigh the risks? American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 218(6): 573. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2018.02.003. Accessed February 9, 2023.
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August 25, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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