Is it safe to get pregnant after bariatric surgery? | Nourish with Melanie #77

Is it safe to get pregnant after bariatric surgery? | Nourish with Melanie #77


Is it safe to get pregnant after bariatric
surgery? Yep! But, you can’t just rely on a standard pregnancy
multivitamin – you will have to be very careful with what you eat, how you eat it, and what
nutritional supplements you take. Stay tuned and I’ll give you a few pointers. Bariatric surgery impacts the way that your
body absorbs nutrients, and as you’ll have increased nutritional requirements during
pregnancy, pregnancy can be a time when nutritional deficiencies show up – and they can impact
you, or your baby’s health, so you need to be really careful. I’ve put together five practical tips that
I want you to make sure you do if you’ve had bariatric surgery and are pregnant or trying
to conceive. Number 1: Get a comprehensive blood test. In fact, it is recommended that you get a
blood test in each trimester if you’ve had bariatric surgery. It might be a good idea to see your bariatric
dietitian or surgeon to get this done. This needs to be a detailed look at micronutrients,
not just the standard blood tests that everyone gets done. Key nutrients that need to be tested include
folate, thiamine, vitamin B12, iron, vitamin A and vitamin D. But your dietitian might like to check a few others. Number 2: Get an expert to review your nutritional
supplements based on the results of your blood test. You’ll probably need higher amounts of folate,
iron, vitamin D, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin B12 than most other pregnant women. Number 3: Get good advice about your symptoms. It can be confusing as to whether vomiting
is just morning sickness, or whether it’s a problem with your surgery….and whether
constipation is just your pregnancy, or whether it’s caused by your surgery. Don’t just put your side effects down to pregnancy,
but seek expert advice. Let me give you a few tips…a vitamin B6
deficiency can make morning sickness worse, so if you’re feeling sick, try increasing
your vitamin B6. If you’re struggling to keep nutritious foods
down, try nutritious liquid foods such as a green smoothie, yoghurt or a lentil soup. If you’re constipated, it could be a sign
that you’re dehydrated, or not exercising enough. So, try sipping regularly on a low calorie
drink like water with a splash of fruit juice, and make sure you’re doing at least 30 minutes
of gentle physical activity each day. Number 4 – Stay away from junk food. Now I know that this may sound obvious, but
I’ve worked with a lot of people who’ve had bariatric surgery over the years, and I know,
that it can often be more difficult to eat more whole foods as you have to chew more,
you often can’t fit as much in, and it can feel like there’s a lot of food wastage when
you have to throw out the rest of your meal. Then add exhaustion, morning sickness and
a baby taking up room in your belly, and you’ll find a bowl of ice cream or chocolate bar
to be very tempting. but, in the lead up to conception and during
pregnancy is the time when you are programming your little one’s epigenetics, and if you
want them to avoid going through the same struggles you’ve been through, you need to
make the effort. Make sure you have a good support crew to
keep you accountable. Number 5 – follow a meal plan. It can be hard to get in enough nutritious
foods after bariatric surgery, and you can’t just rely on supplements, as you can’t get
all of your nutrients from a bottle. Supplements are there to ‘supplement’ your
diet, they are not called ‘replacements’ for a reason. So, try to put together a meal plan that suits
the types and amounts of foods that you can tolerate and that helps to provide your baby
with the best possible nutrients to give him or her the best start in life. I’m here to help, so feel free to post any
questions in the chat box below. And, make sure you check out some of my other
videos to help you know what to eat when you’re pregnant or trying to conceive. I look forward to seeing you in my next video!

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