According to an article in the New York Times, obese women who undergo bariatric surgery and later become pregnant, are healthier. Jason Halpern points out that they have healthier babies and their own pregnancies have fewer complications than those of obese women who get pregnant while still obese. The patients also had an easier time getting pregnant after the weight loss.
It’s no secret that obesity is a health risk in and of itself. If women cannot lose a considerable amount of weight before becoming pregnant, bariatric surgery may help. This is the surgical removal of part of the stomach or reducing its size with a stapling procedure. The physical placing of the lap band around the stomach is not as effective.
Women who became pregnant after the procedure developed an average of 30% fewer complications than their counterparts who did not have the surgery. The women also had a reduced rate of premature births, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, a life threatening illness.
The health benefits also showed in their babies who were born closer to term and didn’t develop childhood obesity later on.
It seemed to be most effective in women who underwent the surgery and waited for at least a year to try to get pregnant.