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?

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F, 33, New Jersey

Tags:190-209 lbs 270-289 lbs pregnancy

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 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.

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.

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.

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.