A new study advises women who have undergone bariatric surgery for weight loss to wait at least three years afterward before attempting to become pregnant.
Those were the results of a 33-year retrospective study published this week in JAMA Surgery.
The reasons: complications.
Compared with infants from the general population, infants from mothers with a bariatric-surgery history were at higher risk for perinatal complications – namely prematurity, intensive care unit admission, and low birth weight, data indicated.
It is during the first three years, post-op, when these risks diminish over time.
“This is new information that can help inform counseling for bariatric patients,” said corresponding author Dr. Brodie Parent, a general surgery resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine.bellyitchblog.com+1 more Over 9 million people have enjoyed Bellyitch's Award-winning Celeb "bumpwatch" pregnancy and parenting blog. Trying to Conceive? Download our FREE Fertility 100 ebook. Hunting for Top Maternity or Kids Brands? Our Bellyitch 100 is the free resource for you. Baby Shower Shopping? Check out out Top Picks on Amazon or our Gift Guides.