Can I get pregnant after gastric sleeve surgery?
I had a sleeve gastrectomy 1.5 years ago and have been doing great. I once weighed 288 lbs and am now under 200. I feel great physically and mentally and recently have gotten married. My dream has always been to become a mother and I have discussed the idea of starting a family soon with my husband. I am a little concerned because I will start to put on weight again and am worried it will spiral back out of control. Has anyone had a sleeve gastrectomy and then gotten pregnant with success? Are there any health worries?
I was 34 and had a body mass index of 35. I needed to lose weight and decided to undergo gastric sleeve surgery. I didn't have any kids but knew that my husband and I wanted children. I was concerned about the effects that this procedure would have on my ability to have a healthy pregnancy. I was told my menstrual cycle would normalize. It was highly-advised that I do not try to have a child within 18 months of my surgery. This waiting period would allow my weight to stabilize. Another positive side effect of the gastric sleeve surgery was that I didn't have to worry about fertility issues that were tied to weight gain. Three years after my gastric sleeve surgery I gave birth to a healthy baby.
I had gastric sleeve surgery and I now have a beautiful infant baby boy. I've never felt healthier and more alive! Losing weight gave me a new start on life because many of my limitations were removed. My general doctor explained to me that I should wait 18 months before getting pregnant and closely monitor my nutrition intake to ensure that I was getting the proper amount of nutrients for my new baby. My doctor also explained that I was more likely to have a C-section than to have the baby natural, and I had a C-section and everything turned out fine.
As far as gaining weight, I didn't gain anything extra. My gynecologist knew that I had the surgery completed, and they helped me monitor my weight and eating habits throughout my pregnancy. I do have high blood pressure so I had to closely monitor that as well I didn't experience any complications and I enjoyed the pregnancy so much. I understand what you're talking about, but gaining weight during pregnancy was very exciting for me because I progressively gained only baby weight. The weight came off after the pregnancy naturally with some added exercise. If you're feeling excited about life and looking forward to starting a family, I recommend you drop your fears and talk to your gynecologist.
I had a sleeve gastrectomy 1.5 years ago and have been doing great. I once weighed 288 lbs and am now under 200. I feel great physically and mentally and recently have gotten married. My dream has always been to become a mother and I have discussed the idea of starting a family soon with my husband. I am a little concerned because I will start to put on weight again if I become a pregnant woman and am worried it will spiral back out of control. Has anyone had a sleeve gastrectomy and then gotten pregnant with success? Are there any health worries?
I had gastric sleeve surgery and had two successful pregnancies afterward. My doctor told me that I might have an easy time getting pregnant after the surgery. I was advised by my surgeon to not consider starting a family until at least 18 months after my surgery. This gave me enough time to maintain a normal weight and go through any other stressful changes. Getting pregnant right after gastric bypass surgery may also cause problems for a developing baby. There were somethings I did have to be concerned with having had gastric sleeve surgery. I needed to make sure I got enough nutrients. The strange aspect of getting pregnant after having the surgery was getting used to seeing my body grow after rapid weight loss.
Of course you can! It's obvious that your weight loss surgery was a success, and you are not suffering any complications from it. I would ask your surgeon, but judging from your post, he should give you the green light. My last pregnancy was unexpected and occurred about a year from the date I had bypass surgery. To control my appetite and diet, I met with a dietician regularly, and I can proudly say I gained no significant amount of weight. And don't forget to breastfeed your baby afterward! Breastfeeding is a great way to lose weight quickly, plus form a bond with your baby. If you skip breastfeeding, you'll have a harder time losing the pregnancy weight.
Congrats on the weight loss! If you're like I was, you'll be more fertile and have a healthier pregnancy than before the bariatric surgery. My doctor told me to wait 2 years after the surgery before trying to conceive and to pay close attention to my food intake in early pregnancy. I did have one visit with a high-risk OB/GYN who didn't foresee any problems. Since obesity runs in my family, both of my sisters and I have had gastric sleeve surgery, and we all have had successful pregnancies since then. The risk of C-section is higher after a gastric sleeve, but I delivered naturally as did one of my sisters. Also, after pregnancy, I returned to my pre-pregnancy weight within a few months.
I've gotten pregnant twice after my gastric sleeve procedure, so rest assured it can be done. Be hyper-vigilant about your diet, and you won't spiral out of control. Keep to your assigned diet, and consult your doctor! During my pregnancies, I ate absolutely no junk food and maintained a low-calorie diet specifically for my pregnancy, made by my bariatric surgeon. I only gained 10 lbs with my first, and 16 lbs with my second. Don't listen to the myth that an expecting mom has to eat for two, that's a lie. Talk to your surgeon, I'm sure he'll help.