Weight Loss Surgery Helps Fertility

After surgery: better pregnancy and healthier babies

Obesity is a barrier to fertility, and new information today suggests that getting gastric bypass surgery improves an obese woman's chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby

Researchers at the Rand corporation reviewed data from 75 studies about women and bypass surgery.

They found that women who had the surgery had lower risks of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, and a lower risk for premature birth.

Also, their babies were less likely to be overweight or under weight.

But if a women does get the surgery, most surgeons reccomend they wait a year before trying to get pregnant.

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association also found that fertility rates improved after the surgery.

Most recent numbers indicate that 220,000 people will have surgery to lose weight this year; 80% will be women.

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