Extra Nutritional Attention May Be Needed for Moms Following Gastric Bypass

Women who are obese and in their child-bearing years may discover conceiving isn’t as easy as they’d hoped. With an eye on boosting the odds in their favor, some women pursue bariatric surgery to address weight-related concerns. One of the most popular procedures – the gastric bypass – has been shown to help improve fertility chances. This operation, however, can increase the chances of infant nutritional concerns.

Recent studies have shown that women who undergo bypass procedures are more likely to have infants who are small for their gestational age. The risk also rises for nutritional deficiencies at birth. Nutritional deficiencies may even occur if an expectant mother takes supplements during a pregnancy, one study suggests. The deficiencies mainly involve vitamin A, zinc and calcium, researchers say.

The findings of the study are not entirely surprising, researchers have noted. Other studies have shown women who undergo gastric bypasses may have nutrient deficiencies themselves due to malabsorption. The newest finding, however, may indicate a need for more rigorous supplementation during pregnancy. It is also recommended that babies be evaluated following birth to ensure their nutrient levels are adequate.

Gastric bypass procedures involve a two-step operation that is designed to help people shed pounds and keep them off. The surgery involves both the surgical shrinking of the stomach and a rerouting of the digestive tract. It’s the second step that reduces the body’s ability to absorb calories, which also limits nutritional intake to an extent. People who undergo this procedure are counseled to balance their diets carefully and to use supplements to ensure proper nutrition.

Obesity can have a direct impact on fertility. Addressing the concern may increase chances of conception. For women who undergo weight loss surgery, there may be a need for more careful monitoring to ensure babies conceived and born are properly nourished along the way.

Diet, Exercise Should Come Before Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is a serious concern for about a third of the American population. With this condition strongly tied to increased risks for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a long list of other conditions, addressing it is a must to preserve and protect health. While bariatric surgery to promote weight loss can and does produce tremendous results, the option is strongly urged to be withheld as a last resort in most cases. Although deemed highly safe and effective, weight loss surgery typically does involve a permanent alteration of the body. With that in mind, most healthcare professionals counsel patients to exhaust all reasonable diet and exercise options first.

One diet plan in particular is showing a great deal of promise in helping people who are obese shed pounds. It involves cutting carbohydrate consumption down to size. While once considered one of many fad diets, low-carb eating plans have stood up to the scrutiny dished out by dozens of clinical trials. This diet has been proven to lower weight and blood sugar levels both.

Following a low-carb diet is relatively simple. It calls for cutting down, not entirely eliminating, carbohydrates from the diet. Instead of eating lots of bread, pasta and other carbs, followers of this type of plan incorporate fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat diary into their meals more readily. Carbs consumed will generally be higher nutrition items like whole grains.

Popular weight loss surgeries like the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy have long been proven to be highly effective in helping people shed pounds and keep them off. These procedures do call for the alteration of the stomach in a permanent way. Since they are considered major operations, complications and risks do go along with them. Even so, both procedures have been used for a long time and hold a strong track record for safety and success. When diet and exercise do not provide weight loss assistance, these procedures may be the best bet for helping people avoid obesity-related health concerns.

People who are overweight are urged to talk to their healthcare providers to explore all their options. Taking steps to address weight can have a positive impact on overall health.