Pregnancy outcome following bariatric surgery
Article first published online: 11 JAN 2013
© 2013 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 37–43, January 2013
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Pregnancy outcome following bariatric surgery. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2013;15:37–43., ,
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 11 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JAN 2012
- bariatric surgery;
- surgical complications
- There is an exponential increase in the number of morbidly obese women of childbearing age undergoing bariatric surgery as the ultimate treatment for their obesity.
- Pregnancy after bariatric surgery is safer, with fewer complications, than pregnancy in morbidly obese women.
- Patients should be strongly advised not to get pregnant for at least 12–18 months following bariatric surgery.
- Multidisciplinary care before, during and after pregnancy following bariatric surgery helps to prevent nutrition-related and surgical complications.
- To outline the safety, advantages and limitations of bariatric surgery procedures in relation to maternal and neonatal outcomes.
- To understand that the key to a healthy pregnancy after weight-loss surgery is paying attention to nutrition.
- To learn the importance of the multidisciplinary management of post-surgery pregnancies, including prepregnancy counselling.
- Often GPs and obstetricians are not fully informed about the management of pregnant individuals who have had bariatric surgery.
- There are no recommendations that detail the nutrients that women should consume during pregnancy if they have had previous weight loss surgery.
- A literature review demonstrates both positive and negative associations of weight loss procedures with fertility.