If you have struggled with your weight and are looking for a way to shed the pounds permanently, weight loss surgery could be one of your options. However, it requires plenty of research ahead of time and in-depth conversations with your doctor to determine if you are a candidate.
You will not only need to think about the surgery itself but what will happen to your body in the future. So, if you plan on starting a family after lap band surgery, it’s important to know if it’s safe to get pregnant and carry a child.
We have good news. Research suggests that pregnancy after lap band surgery can be accomplished. In addition, it might even be safer for you and your baby than if you were pregnant and obese. It is important to note that you will need to be monitored closely during your pregnancy by your health provider to ensure there are no complications.
Weight loss surgery before you get pregnant could help protect you and your child from obesity-related problems during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Doctors usually recommend waiting to get pregnant until you have fully recovered, and your weight stabilizes, usually 12 to 18 months after your surgery. Depending on your unique health situation and medical history, some medical professionals may recommend waiting even longer.
During pregnancy, your doctor will monitor your weight as well as your baby’s size during each trimester, so you can ensure that the baby is getting the appropriate nutrition. You might also need to take specific nutritional supplements like vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, and folic acid, in addition to prenatal vitamins to ensure the baby grows well.
If you are considering undergoing weight loss surgery but want to bear children in coming years, be sure to plan and consult with your doctor well before conception. You may even want to work with a registered dietitian or nutritionist to get advice on weight gain and optimal nutrition during your future pregnancy.
Our team at WeightWise is standing by to answer your questions and ensure that you have the information you need to determine if weight loss surgery is right for you. Your weight loss journey awaits, so contact us today for details!