Women who had gastric bypass more likely to deliver dangerously underweight babies

The team studied 56 newborns born to gastric bypass mothers who had waited an average of 32 months between surgery and pregnancy, and compared results to 56 controls.

They saw that, despite supplementation, a proportion of gastric bypass mothers were deficient in key nutrients during pregnancy, such as calcium and zinc.

The operation involves 'stapling' together the stomach to divide it in two, re-routing food past most of the stomach so less is digested

The operation involves ‘stapling’ together the stomach to divide it in two, re-routing food past most of the stomach so less is digested

Analysis of the newborns showed that they also suffered lower than average levels of the same nutrients.

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