How Long Should I Wait?
The Obesity Action Coalition recommends that patients wait between 18 and 24 months following bariatric surgery before becoming pregnant. Before this time has passed, patients often experience increased emotional and physical stress, along with a major reduction in both vitamins and nutrients, which can be harmful to the health of a growing baby. By waiting up to two years, a patient’s weight should have stabilized, meaning she should be in overall better health. Although lifestyle changes, like a healthier diet, should come more naturally at this point, your doctor may still recommend beginning or increasing certain supplements.
Waiting to become pregnant until after bariatric surgery is often safer, since some of the risks associated with excess weight will naturally decrease.