If you’re considering weight loss surgery to get to a healthier weight before pregnancy, experts are recommending that you delay conception by at least a year after surgery to avoid complications.

Pregnancy after weight loss surgery is safer than being obese in pregnancy, research shows. Still, your body needs time to heal—conceiving within 12-18 months post-surgery puts you at higher risk for miscarriage, band slippage from bariatric surgery and even severe vomiting, which can be dangerous for both you and baby if uncontrolled (like with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, although her illness was unrelated to her weight.)


The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) promotes the health of women and newborns.

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