Pregnancy after WLS

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Many women undergo bariatric surgery in order to resolve issues related to infertility and to achieve a healthy weight before becoming pregnant. Learn what to expect from pregnancy after weight-loss surgery. 

LAP-BAND and pregnancy

LAP-BAND and pregnancy

Many women find the Lap-Band to be an effective solution for helping them achieve a healthy weight before becoming pregnant. Obesity can cause hormone imbalances that can lead to irregular periods and make conception difficult.

The Lap-Band is safe for pregnancy, but doctors agree that you should wait at least 12 months following surgery to avoid weight-related health complications during pregnancy.

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Micronutrients are vital to bariatric patients who become pregnant

Micronutrients are vital to bariatric patients who become pregnant

Bariatric surgery is one of the most effective ways to lose weight when diet and exercise fail to work, and is highly recommended for overweight and obese individuals who also suffer from one or more comorbidities related to carrying excess weight.

There are several different bariatric surgery procedures weight-loss patients can choose from based on their personal preferences, comorbidities, health conditions, and severity of obesity. Some weight-loss procedures such as the gastric sleeve and LAP-BAND are restrictive, which means that the stomach pouch is restricted and made smaller to accommodate smaller portion sizes.

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Seven Steps for Breast-Feeding Success

Seven Steps for Breast-Feeding Success

Here are seven steps for breast-feeding success:

• If at all possible, wait for your weight to stabilize before becoming pregnant (most experts recommend 12-18 months--ask your health care provider). And be careful, says Phyllis Kombol, RNC, MSN, IBCLC, RLC, and Lactation Consultant at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord, N.C.. Unintended pregnancy is a frequent "complication" of weight loss surgery for women who have had infertility issues. As weight drops off, abnormal hormone patterns often begin to normalize.

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Breastfeeding After Weight Loss Surgery

Breastfeeding After Weight Loss Surgery

If you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you've probably given some thought to breastfeeding — and whether weight loss surgery might affect your ability to breastfeed.

The good news is that most women who've had weight loss surgery can breastfeed afterwards, says Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RD, Chair-elect of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, and a national expert on bariatric surgery and women’s health issues.

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Gastric band may need releasing during pregnancy

Gastric band may need releasing during pregnancy

Lap-Band patients who become pregnant may need to have their bands loosened to help them avoid complications during pregnancy.

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