Bariatric Surgery Before Baby

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The decision to undergo weight-loss surgery can be a difficult one. But for obese women who wish to have a baby, the choice may become easier when they learn about the results of a recent study.

According to Israeli researchers, women who have bariatric surgery before becoming pregnant significantly reduce their risk for various pregnancy complications. Hypertension, preeclampsia and anemia occurred in far fewer cases, and most notably, the risk for gestational diabetes dropped by 60%.

The one possible drawback uncovered in the study, which was published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, was the higher likelihood for delivery by c-section.

Bariatric surgery is not without risks, but many experts believe that obesity during pregnancy could pose a higher risk to both mother and child.

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