The following weight loss surgery success story was presented at Well-Beginnings, a bariatric program at Houston Northwest Medical Center.
Since 2006, Amie’s life has been a whirlwind. In August of 2006, Amie had bariatric surgery at Houston Northwest Medical Center. Shortly thereafter, Amie went through an amicable divorce with her husband. Recently after the divorce, she remarried her current husband Carl, a disabled veteran she met through work. Amie had been planning on going back to school to become a medical assistant.
Losing Weight After Bariatric Surgery and Getting Pregnant Again Opens a New Chapter in Amie’s Life
While Amie and Carl had never planned on having children together, that all changed when she and Carl found out that she was pregnant with twins. Although the pregnancy was completely unexpected, both Amie and Carl felt like it was a true blessing. Carl who had no children of his own was thrilled. Amie, who has three children with her first husband, was surprised but very happy.
Amie has since cancelled her plans of going back to school. She is now a stay-at-home mom who spends her time taking care of the twins, driving her older children to school and sports functions, and spending time cooking, which is a favorite activity of hers. Amie is amazed at how her life has changed since she had bariatric surgery. She feels that she has a much higher level of self confidence and gives credit to the surgery.
Having Twins After Weight Loss Surgery Proves Beneficial
After having weight loss surgery, and during her pregnancy with the twins, Amie noticed a difference from when she was pregnant with her first three children (the ones she had before her weight loss surgery). With her older children, she experienced gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, difficulty in sleeping, water retention, and an overall uncomfortable feeling.
With the latest pregnancy with the twins, after having bariatric surgery, Amie says that she not only felt better and was more energetic, but had no health complications whatsoever. She did take two prenatal vitamins as prescribed by her doctor and was a little tired on occasion, but thinks that it was due to the fact that she was six years older and carrying twins.
Should You Get Pregnant After Weight Loss Surgery?
According to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, it is safe to get pregnant after bariatric surgery. In fact, Dr. Roger W. Harms of the Mayo Clinic has said that getting pregnant after having bariatric surgery is much safer for both the mother and fetus, since there are many complications with an obese woman getting pregnant, such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and even preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition specific to pregnancy and postpartum and can include high blood pressure, swelling, weight-gain, protein in the urine, and even headaches and vision changes.
Dr. Harms does suggest that a woman wait until her weight has stabilized before getting pregnant. The average time frame for stabilization is about one year. Dr. Harms also suggests that women speak with their health care provider to determine if there are any patient specific vitamins or other supplements they should take.
It is important to note that due to the risk for health (even life-threatening) complications, bariatric surgery should be considered as a last resort when lifestyle modifications alone have failed.