Pregnancy and Obesity

Obesity can reduce fertility in women and also inhibit ovulation, thereby decreasing the chances of a successful fertilisation of an egg. Obesity can also reduce the effectiveness of IVF, which can be very expensive.

Falling pregnant while obese can raise the risk of developing type II diabetes during pregnancy and further increase your risk of heart disease, renal failure, and a variety of other health conditions down the track. Moreover, obesity also carries an increased risk of infection during pregnancy.  This can result in urinary tract infections or a post-partum infection.  In most cases, antibiotics can be used to safely treat infections if identified early enough.

Women who are obese are more likely to have problems giving birth and are at an elevated risk of having a miscarriage.

If you are considering starting a family it may be a good idea to do so after reaching your weight loss goals.

Can I get pregnant if I have had a Gastric Band procedure?

After weight loss surgery, your body will be in a period of starvation and it is not advisable to become pregnant. Although the foetus has priority over the mother in absorbing nutrients from digestion, you should wait until your weight has stabilised post-surgery before becoming pregnant. However, if a patient does become pregnant during the period of starvation, a doctor can remove all the fluid from the balloon.

After you have reached your weight loss goals, your surgeon or doctor will be able to advise if it is a good time to become pregnant.

Birth Control and Weight Loss Surgery

You should discuss the effect that weight loss surgery will have on your birth control method with your bariatric surgeon. Surgery and post-surgery medication may alter the effectiveness of your birth control.