Congratulations! You are pregnant after weight loss surgery. This is such an exciting time in your life, but it can feel terrifying because your body is different than the average pregnant woman. You aren’t able to take in as much food, which can increase your chances of getting deficient. This is an issue all bariatric patients have to worry about, but now as a pregnant bariatric patient it is an even bigger concern. So, here are some tips to help ensure you have a healthy pregnancy after weight loss surgery.
- The minute you are trying to get pregnant (and really anytime after bariatric surgery), stay on top of your vitamins! Your baby will be taking a lot of your nutrition, so you need to ensure you are pumping yourself full of vitamins and minerals! Eat healthy during this time. You will be limited to how much food you can consume, so make good choices for both you and your baby.
- Tell your OBGYN about your bariatric surgery. This is very important for them to know so they can understand the different concerns and challenges you might face.
- Be careful for the gestational diabetes test! This was very difficult for me when I was pregnant. As bariatric patients, we cannot consume a lot of sugar at once. This test can be extremely uncomfortable if you experience dumping syndrome. Talk to your doctor about different options that might be available. For more information on my experience, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY96EDsOp8k
- Stay hydrated! Never, ever forget to drink your water. Your body will suffer if you get dehydrated. Make sure you keep water on you at all times!
- Eat smaller meals. I struggled with blood sugar and blood pressure issues throughout my pregnancy and I often times would feel so weak that I almost passed out. Keep small meals on you and eat often to keep your levels normal.
So many people have beautiful, healthy pregnancies after bariatric surgery so don’t be scared. However, it is important that you stay on top of things during this pregnancy. Treat your body well during this time and communicate with your surgeon and OBGYN as often as possible. Your body is so powerful and it is so neat to see how it adjusts through pregnancy. Take a deep breath and enjoy this time!