No significant difference found in the risk of gestational diabetes, admission to neonatal intensive care unit or perinatal death.

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The weight of newborns whose mothers have had bariatric surgery does not differ significantly compared with new-borns from mothers who have not had surgery, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The paper, the first of three published by researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hvidovre University Hospital, Denmark, reported that there was no statistically significant difference between the groups regarding the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus, preeclampsia, labour induction, caesarean section, post-partum haemorrhage, admission to neonatal intensive care unit or perinatal death.

Delaying pregnancy

In the second paper published in the Obesity Surgery journal, the authors concurred with a previous study that women should wait at least 12 months before trying for a baby following bariatric surgery, claiming that there is no evidence to support delaying pregnancy beyond the first post-operative year.

However, the researchers note that the optimal time for pregnancy after gastric bypass is not yet known.

In the third paper, a literature review published in the Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica journal, the researchers reported that “pregnancy after bariatric surgery seems safe, although larger studies matching or adjusting for BMI are needed to improve the surveillance of these pregnancies and to assist in preventing adverse outcomes.”

Five studies indicated a higher risk of small-for-gestational age infants, but only compared with non-obese women or severely obese controls; there was no difference in gestational length.

Credits: bariatricnews

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