Seven facts about pregnancy after weight-loss surgery

7. You’re more likely to have a cesarean

Pregnant women who’ve had bariatric surgery are more likely to end up with a c-section, according to a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It’s not clear exactly why this is the case and what factors are involved, but it helps to talk to your healthcare provider.

Does your provider consider you at high risk for a c-section, and if so, why? Ask about your provider’s c-section rate and  philosophy about c-sections in general. If you have no serious health problems, is the provider fine with trying vaginal delivery? During a vaginal delivery, what might cause your provider to order a c-section intervention?

Also, you may be able reduce your odds of having a c-section by following your doctor’s weight-gain recommendations, exercising during pregnancy, and taking childbirth preparation classes.

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