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According to a new study, women who opt for gastric bypass surgery for weight loss before their pregnancy may increase the risk of giving birth to babies that are small in size or have lower average birth weights.
Maternal obesity can lead to various health conditions for the newborn, such as high birth weight and low blood sugar as well as also cause birthing complications. Gastric bypass surgery can prevent these. “However, our study has showed that gastric bypass could have other effects on newborns,” said Maxime Gerard, lead researcher at the University Hospital of Angers in France.
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Gastric bypass surgery is used to treat people who are severely obese (a body mass index greater than 40kg/m2). The procedure includes re-routed food past most of the stomach, meaning less is digested.
The surgery can lead to up to 70 per cent loss of excess body weight within two years, but is at the same time associated with an increased vulnerability to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as it reduces the body’s ability to absorb micronutrients.
Women treated with gastric bypass surgery are advised to wait 18 months after the procedure before trying to become pregnant in order to establish a stable, healthy weight.
Gastric bypass surgery can prevent various health conditions for the newborn caused due to mother’s obesity. (Shutterstock)
They must also follow a daily multi-vitamin supplementation regime and receive regular clinical follow up before, during and after the pregnancy, the researcher said.
The findings showed that the birth-weight of babies born to gastric bypass mothers was on average 0.34