Weight Loss Surgery Putting Women’s Future Children at Risk

Weight Loss Surgery May Put Women's Future Children at Risk


Women who have had weight loss surgery might be putting their future children at risk for having possible bad health .

In a recent study that was printed in the British Medical Journal, Swedish investigators have found that babies who are born to mothers that had went through bariatric surgery might have a bigger chance of being born premature and also being small for what their gestational age should be.

The reasons behind how and why weight loss surgery is influencing fetal growth is not fully realized as of yet, but it is known that individuals who go through weight loss surgery have a much increased chance of nutrient deficiencies, explained Dr. Olof Stephansson, who is an associate professor and also an obstetrician at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

To do this study, Stephansson and his associates’ evaluated over 2,500 babies that were born between the years of 1992 and 2009. Their mothers all had weight loss surgery. These infants were compared to a control group of over 12,000 babies, whose mothers had not had bariatric surgery.

Of the children who had been born to mothers who had gone through the procedure, over 5 percent of them were considered smaller than normal for their gestational age. This was opposed to about 3 percent of infants who were born to moms who did not have any type of weight loss operation.  In addition to that, only about 4 percent of the babies whose mothers who had had surgery were considered to be satisfactorily sized where it was about 7 percent in the control group.

In addition to this, about 9 percent of the infants who had moms with surgical histories were born before the 37th week of pregnancy and this compared to about 6 percent of babies whose moms had no weight loss surgery in their past.

Women who had the same body mass index gave birth to infants of fluctuating weights depending on whether or not they had weight loss surgery, so it is pretty obvious there is some kind of connection between the two, Stephansson added.

These study results are very much the same as a parallel report that was released which told women who had endured any type of weight loss procedure to hold off on becoming pregnant for at least one full year. The research team found that women who had gotten pregnant within 16 to 18 months of having weight loss surgery had a 30 percent more chance of suffering a miscarriage.

More and more women of child-bearing age are having weight loss surgeries. They are in need of guidance and proper information over various reproductive matters, stated Rahat Khan, who is a gynecologist and obstetrician counselor. He explained that disciplinary involvement and a doctor’s care are key to having a healthy pregnancy for women who have gone through weight loss surgery.

It should be noted that women who have had bariatric surgery should start being considered as high risk by both their surgeons and obstetricians. If weight loss surgery is putting women’s future children at risk, they must be extremely careful throughout their pregnancies.


By Kimberly Ruble

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