Women who are seriously overweight and have weight loss surgery before pregnancy could help to lower the risk of pregnancy complications, including high blood pressure and diabetes.
Being overweight is incredibly common in the developed world, and being obese during pregnancy can lead to serious complications, including diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
For those women looking to lose weight, exercise and diet plans can be effective, but surgery is becoming increasingly more common.
Research indicates that women who have weight loss surgery and then go on to become pregnant could fare better during pregnancy than those women that remain obese. A recent study looked at the health insurance records of 585 women in the United States, most of whom had gastric bypass surgery. The researchers at John Hopkins University found an 80 per cent reduction in the risk of preeclampsia and eclampsia among women who had surgery before pregnancy, along with a 74 per cent reduction in the risk of gestational hypertension and a 61 per cent reduction in the risk of chronic hypertension in pregnancy, all of which are known to cause pregnancy complications.
Wendy L. Bennett, assistant professor of medicine at the university said “We have long known that women who have these blood pressure disorders are not only at an increased risk for pregnancy complications in themselves and their babies, but also for chronic diseases in the future. Can we prevent the development of these disorders in pregnancy with bariatric surgery? These findings suggest the answer is ‘yes.”
The Hospital Group is one of the UK’s biggest providers of weight loss surgery, including gastric bands, gastric bypasses and gastric balloons which can give you a healthier lifestyle.
The Hospital Group’s expert bariatric surgeons will advise on when to plan your pregnancy following weight loss surgery and any special requirements e.g. gastric band patients are advised to have their band relaxed during pregnancy to ensure full nutrition for mum and baby.
David Ross, Chief Executive of The Hospital Group said: “Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix option, but it can provide a long lasting result for those who have failed to lose weight by other means.
There are lots of health benefits which come following bariatric procedures. Those who come to The Hospital Group, can be assured of a dedicated, professional service, with astounding success rates and a limited waiting time. This latest news is just another reason to seek an effective weight loss solution with The Hospital Group.”