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Is it safe to get pregnant after bariatric or weight-loss surgery?

It is indeed safe to get pregnant after bariatric surgery, but the recommendation is to wait one full year post-surgery before attempting pregnancy. In this video, bariatric surgeon Michael Snyder, MD, explains this guideline and why it's important.
Melissa Brown, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
It's important for your physician to know that you've had bariatric or weight-loss surgery (laparoscopic banding procedure, or the lap band, or gastric bypass surgery) done. It does slightly increase risks for problems such as having low iron or certain vitamin deficiency, especially if you haven't been very good about taking the vitamin supplements that are recommended after surgery. Most women who've had gastric bypass surgery are actually at a lower risk during their pregnancy than they would be if they were pregnant when they were suffering from morbid obesity. It's something that can be managed well.
Yes, in fact weight loss can often improve fertility and pregnancy is safer in patients who are not obese. Risks for developing complications of pregnancy such as gestational diabetes, hypertension and pre-eclampsia are greater in obese patients. However, we ask that patients wait approximately 12 to 18 months after surgery before attempting to get pregnant because this is the period of time where rapid weight loss occurs. It can be difficult to meet the nutritional needs of a developing fetus during this time period.

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