Gastric Balloon and Pregnancy
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Women who are planning to become pregnant, are pregnant, or who have recently had a baby need to know about gastric balloons and pregnancy because pregnancy does impact your gastric balloon (if you have one) and when to get one (if you want one).
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Before You Get Pregnant
If you are a person who is capable of and possibly interested in becoming pregnant, have a BMI of 30 or higher and have tried to lose weight, then a gastric balloon could be a great option for you.
The weight you lose with a gastric balloon could help you avoid serious weight-related pregnancy complications like:
- gestational diabetes
- high blood pressure
- postpartum bleeding
- cesarean delivery
Gastric balloons are also linked to helping with the complication of infertility. Studies show that patients who were infertile due to their weight had a higher chance of conceiving after losing weight with a gastric balloon.
Importantly, however, you want to complete your gastric balloon procedure before trying to get pregnant. To be most effective, you want to give the gastric balloon the full 6-to-12 months to take effect. Different balloons have different lasting timelines. For example, while most balloons need to be removed at 6 months and the efficacy loses impact at 4 months, the adjustable Spatz3 gastric balloon can be dialed up or dialed down, thus bypassing the 4 months drop in effectiveness. The Spatz3 can last up to 12 months, so there’s a great potential for you to lose up to 15% of your starting weight before ever becoming pregnant.
Given that during the time your balloon is inserted you’ll be learning new dietary and exercise practices, you’re far more likely to moderate during your pregnancy and only gain the safe 25-35 recommended pounds typically gained in a healthy pregnancy, which means that after you have the baby, you’ll return to your pre-pregnancy weight.
For patients who have a gastric balloon and become pregnant, it’s recommended to remove the balloon during the pregnancy. While having a gastric balloon during pregnancy is possible, it’s not advised due to the potential that the patient will not be getting enough nutrients for themselves or the baby. Your health care team will assist in the removal if you become pregnant during your gastric balloon treatment.
Given the number of people who use gastric balloons to overcome infertility, becoming pregnant while you have a gastric balloon isn’t uncommon; it’s not complicated to resolve either.
Gastric Balloon After Pregnancy
Lastly, many have questions about getting a gastric balloon after pregnancy. The recommended wait period after you deliver your baby is 6 to 12 months. Your delivery situation as well as your nursing schedule will impact your doctor’s recommendation on when to get a gastric balloon postpartum.
The reasons to wait vary, but one reason for nursing mothers pertains to nutrition. Because nursing depletes your nutrients and because with a gastric balloon you may only be getting the nutrients you need, you might suffer deficiencies if you try to start a diet and weight loss plan while nursing as a new mother.
It can be difficult to wait, especially if you gained weight during your pregnancy that you’d like to lose. A good recommendation if you want to get a gastric balloon after pregnancy is to start practicing healthier and more nutrient-rich eating habits both during your pregnancy and while you’re nursing. This will help with your overall health and with the effectiveness of your gastric balloon after pregnancy. You’ll find it much easier to adapt to the requisite healthy eating schedule and exercise plan (stroller walks and workouts are great for new moms!) if you start during pregnancy.
While gastric balloon and pregnancy may not go together at the same time, gastric balloons are excellent for helping you lose weight to become pregnant, to have a healthier pregnancy, and to lose weight after you have your baby.
Are you considering a gastric balloon before or after pregnancy? If so, contact Spatz Medical to learn about the revolutionary, adjustable Spatz3 gastric balloon. The Spatz3 balloon can be dialed up or down to accommodate your specific health needs and goals.