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Pregnancy Following Gastric Bypass for Morbid Obesity.  Wittgrove AC, Jester L, Wittgrove P & Clark GW.  Obesity Surgery 8, 1998:461-464.

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Many obstetricians believe that bariatric surgery increases the nutritional and metabolic risk of subsequent pregnancy.  We believe that this belief is incorrect, and that pregnancy can be safely undertaken, once a stable post-operative weight has been achieved, 12 to 18 months post-operatively.  

Although several patients have conceived within that period, and have borne healthy children, we strongly counsel against pregnancy during the first 12 to 18 months after surgery, due to the potential for nutritional stress, and for adverse effects on the fetus. 

We undertook this study to prove our hypothesis, that pregnancy could be undertaken safely, and good nutrition of mother and child could be maintained. 

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