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Will bariatric surgery affect my chances of getting pregnant?

Women suffering from obesity may have difficulty in conceiving because of excess weight. They also have a greater chance of developing complications during pregnancy. One such complication of obesity is the risk of developing gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar levels which develop during term of pregnancy.

A study has reported a 72% reduction in risk of gestational diabetes after bariatric surgery in obese women.1

However, most doctors recommend waiting at least 12-18 months after the weight reduction surgery before beginning a pregnancy.1

Disclaimer: Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.

Ref: 1. Johansson K, Cnattingius S, Näslund I, Roos N, Lagerros YT, Granath F, Stephansson O, Neovius M. Outcomes of Pregnancy after Bariatric Surgery. N Engl J Med 201 5; 372:81 4¬824 2. Bariatric Surgery FAQs. [internet] American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. [cited 2016 Jan 12] Available from: