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Medical News & Perspectives
December 11, 2013

Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery Associated With Risks to Offspring

JAMA. 2013;310(22):2388. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284169

With the worldwide prevalence of obesity on the increase, more individuals are opting for bariatric surgery as a solution, including an increasing number of women of childbearing age. Given the known negative effects of obesity on both fertility and pregnancy outcomes, bariatric surgery in obese women hoping to have children has generally not been discouraged by physicians.

Now, however, new research suggests that pregnancies in women with previous bariatric surgery may have worse perinatal outcomes than previously thought.