Pregnancy Following Bariatric Surgery

  • Isabelle Guelinckx
  • Roland Devlieger
  • Greet Vansant


Bariatric surgery such as the laparoscopic adjustable gastric-banding or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is an effective treatment for morbid obesity. Parallel to the increasing prevalence of obesity, the number of performed bariatric operations is increasing. The predominant part of the patients for this type of surgery are women of reproductive age. Health-care providers will therefore increasingly be confronted with pregnant women with a history of gastric surgery. The impact of this surgery on fertility, pregnancy and neonatal outcome is discussed in the book chapter, as well as the potential mechanic complications and nutritional deficiencies due to the surgery. This high-risk subpopulation of pregnant women should be guided by a multidisciplinary team. The recommendations made at the end of the chapter can assist the team in the clinical guidance during the preconceptional, prenatal, and postpartum period.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Bariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Sleeve Gastrectomy Gestational Weight Gain 
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Body mass index


Follicular stimulating hormone


Gonadotropin releasing hormone


Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band


Luteinizing hormone


Müllerian inhibiting substance


Roux-en-Y gastric bypass


Sex hormone–binding globuline


Standard deviation


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabelle Guelinckx
    • 1
  • Roland Devlieger
    • 2
  • Greet Vansant
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nutrition-Public Health MedicineCatholic University LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUniversity Hospital LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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