- Top of page
- Types of bariatric surgery procedures
- Ideal timing for conception following bariatric surgery
- Fertility and bariatric surgery
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Optimal gestational weight gain (GWG)
- Surgical complications during pregnancy
- Maternal outcome
- Caesarean delivery (CD)
- Perinatal outcome
- Cosmetic surgery following bariatric surgery
- Conclusion and recommendations
- 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.