‘These maternal nutrient deficiencies may be the reason for the same deficiencies and low birth weights seen in the newborns,’ continues Gerard.
‘One of our next steps will be to confirm this and determine its impact.’
The team also analysed newborn birth weight in relation to the mothers’ weight, and determined that birth weight was related to the variation in the mother’s weight between the surgery and pregnancy, rather than her weight during pregnancy.
Only preliminary findings were presented, and as the study continues the team’s next key step is to determine if low birth weights have long term consequences for the children in the study.
They would also like to establish optimal nutritional supplementation for mothers who have undergone gastric bypass surgery, to ensure they do not suffer from nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy.