The following answers are just my experience with life after the procedure. I don’t know anyone else that’s had the procedure so it’s hard to compare experiences. This information does not replace medical advice, it’s merely my experience and if you’re considering the procedure you should talk to your medical provider and follow their advice.
One of the things that brings people to my blog (other than my milkshakes) is the fact that I’ve had a gastric sleeve. (It’s a procedure where they surgically remove 80% of your stomach and permanently restrict your food intake.) I had the procedure done to assist with our ability to conceive (turns out your fertility is severally impacted by being 80kg overweight and having PCOS).
I had the procedure done in 2009 (December 14 to be exact!) and between then and now I have lost just over 65kgs. (That’s like 2 supermodels!) I’ve also managed to realize our dream of being able to start a family (through the magic that is IVF).
I get a lot of comments on the blog asking about my sleeve and I’ve been really blessed that one of my posts has become a place that people exploring the procedure seem to come too looking for answers. A lot of the questions are about the procedure, what to expect after the procedure and what people can eat once it’s done.
However, a reader left a comment on one of my posts asking about being pregnant after having the procedure. I thought I would put into a post, to share with everyone, the answers that I give when people ask about the gastric sleeve and pregnancy.
Here’s the top 5 (or more accurately the most memoriable) questions that people (and specifically Susan) asked when I was pregnant (and they knew about the sleeve):
1. Will you starve the baby?
Always a great question to ask a worrying pregnant lady. The answer I gave people was; “no, the baby is fine”. When you’re pregnant the growing baby is your body’s first priority so any nutrients you put into your body go straight to your baby. However, with a restricted intake you need to make sure to maximize the nutrients you are getting.
All of my doctors were aware that I’d had the procedure so they paid extra attention to the baby’s measurements. I also went and saw my dietitian in the first trimester to find out what I would need to do to ensure I was getting enough food for the two of us.
She gave me a great eating plan and went through everything with me. She recommended that I take a multivitamin to ensure that if I didn’t follow the plan that I’d be at least assured I was getting the nutrients. My IVF clinic recommended the same thing so that was easy enough to do.
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