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Undergoing bariatric surgery can lower risk of gestational diabetes in pregnancy

Undergoing bariatric surgery can lower risk of gestational diabetes in pregnancy

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who undergo weight-loss surgery before becoming pregnant are less likely to develop gestational diabetes and give birth to large babies. However, these women are at risk for delivering smaller babies, according to the report.

“Since bariatric surgery followed by pregnancy has both positive and negative effects, these women, when expecting, should be regarded as high-risk pregnancies,” said Kari Johansson, PhD, a nutritionist in the Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

She suggests that doctors closely follow these women throughout their pregnancies and give advice on healthy eating and, if necessary, taking supplements.

Learn more about the study’s findings on EndocrineWeb.com.

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Pregnancy is safer after bariatric surgery, says study

Pregnancy is safer after bariatric surgery, says study

Bariatric surgery has many benefits, and could mean safer pregnancies for women, according to a major new study. The study was conducted by Swedish researchers, led by Kari Johansson, a nutritionist at the Karolinska Institute, and its findings showed that overall the results were better for pregnancies of women who had surgery.

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Weight-loss surgery decreases risk of diabetes during pregnancy

Weight-loss surgery decreases risk of diabetes during pregnancy

Women who undergo weight-loss surgery before becoming pregnant have a lower risk of developing gestational diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Gestational diabetes is a form of the disease that arises during pregnancy and usually resolves after childbirth. It can cause abnormal growth in the fetus, which can sometimes make a cesarean section necessary, and can also raise the risk of bleeding after delivery. Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy also have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

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Taking birth control pills after weight-loss surgery

For women taking an oral birth contraceptive (the birth control pill) after weight loss surgery may need to take extra precautions in order to avoid pregnancy, due to malabsorption in some patients.

According to the Associated Press, the birth control pill is currently the most common form of contraceptive for American women. New warning guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that women who have had some types of weight loss (bariatric) surgery may be unable to absorb some or all of the birth control pill's main active ingredient, which may leading to an unintended pregnancy.

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Weight Loss Surgery Before Pregnancy Improves Kid's Health

In a study of 49 women who underwent bariatric surgery, researchers found that children born after their mothers had the surgery were three times less likely to become obese than siblings born prior to the surgery. The children born after the surgery also had lower cholesterol levels and a lower risk of heart conditions.

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Infertility and Obesity

Research has identified a definite link between infertility (or the inability to get pregnant) and obesity.

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