According to a Scientific Impact Paper, result show that women (who are considered obese) who have weight loss surgery could have more chances of becoming pregnant and could reduce complications.
Women who want to get pregnant following weight loss surgery are advised to wait between 12-18 months after the procedure to avoid nutritional deficiencies.
The paper claims that the surgery can offer between 15-25% long-term weight loss, as well as improving symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome.
However, scientists highlighted that bariatric surgery can increase the risk of premature birth.
Responding to the Scientific Impact Paper, professional policy advisor at the RCM, Janet Fyle said: “Women will welcome this clear assessment of the scientific literature showing having bariatric surgery may improve a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant and reduce complications.
“There is a need for a greater priority to be placed on health promotion, including better information, education and support for women and their families, about the benefits of healthy eating before and during pregnancy, and taking appropriate exercise.
“More emphasis also needs to be placed on pre-conception care.”
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