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    Default Pregnancy after weight loss surgery

    Hi all,

    I have been been trying to conceive my first child with my husband for over 8 years now.
    I have been diagnosed with "unexplained infertility" and hubby has been dubbed "Mr Super Sperm" by our fertility specialist so the issue is definitely mine and after 6 failed IUI cycles, 1 IVF cycle and 6 subsequent frozen embryo cycles, we put TTC on hold for a couple of years so we could both concentrate on getting healthy as we were both very overweight.
    I had gastric sleeve surgery (VSG) in May 2015 and have lost 46kg with around 10kg to go till my goal weight. I now cycle every 32-34 days where as before surgery if I wasn't having fertility treatment I was only cycling 3-4 times a year.
    Hubby had his VSG surgery in May this year and has already lost 51kg.
    I was wondering if there was anyone on here that has also had weight loss surgery, whether it be lap band, gastric sleeve or bypass surgery, and has gone on to get pregnant naturally, or with limited or even basic fertility treatment?
    we have been trying for the last couple of months naturally but completely understand given my history that it wasn't going to happen first go. We do have one embryo still frozen that we would like to use however we are thinking of trying naturally for a few more months and then going back to the beginning ie: IUI before using our last embryo.

    would love to hear from anyone who has been where I am 😋

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    I'm no help but following along 😊 I am considering getting gastric sleeve done and I have unsuccessfully been ttc for 4 years now. I have been told its recommended not to fall preg for the 1st 12 months after surgery? That's great about your cycle though! Good luck x

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    I didn't have weight loss surgery but i was very overweight. I fell realitively quickly with my first (twice in 6 months. First time was a mc)
    After 12 months ttc #2 i had tests and everything looked fine...i was having regular af every 35ish days like id always had... i went on to lose over 25kgs, and my cycles for the first time ever dropped to 28 days naturally.
    After ttc from oct2012, giving up in march 2014 and focusing on weight loss... i got a very big suprise bfp in july 2014!

    So i would think its definately possible to concieve naturally after weight loss surgery. You might just need to take more suppliments than your average woman due to your limited food intake? But that would be something you would go over with your gp/ob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melimum View Post
    I'm no help but following along I am considering getting gastric sleeve done and I have unsuccessfully been ttc for 4 years now. I have been told its recommended not to fall preg for the 1st 12 months after surgery? That's great about your cycle though! Good luck x
    Yes they say 12-18 months because even though you have lost majority of your weight in the first 12 months and tend to plateau around the 12 month mark, you can still be loosing and portion sizes still aren't much more then 1/2-3/4 cup per meal. I haven't had any issues whatsoever with my surgery so started tying around the 11 month mark after checking with my surgeon

    Surgery is a good option of you have a high BMI or weight related issues, but it is defiantly not the easy way out as a lot of people tend to think! It messes with your head big time if you have a "fat person mentality" like I do. But I have no regrets and recommend it to anyone that is considering it.

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    Banding success story here... top weight of 160kg, banded in 2010. Max weight loss of 73kg. Maintained that for 4 & 1/2 years. I've had some weight creep on in the past 2 years due to extreme stress triggering complete emotional collapse, & then 3 rounds of IVF. I am now 21 weeks pregnant with baby #1.

    I needed IVF for a whole plethora of reasons - i had really severe PCOS & Insulin Resistance prior to my weight loss - period maybe 3 times a year, which actually led to pre cancerous uterine changes that i needed treatment for -but that all rectified, & my body realised how it was meant to behave. After my weight loss i was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that caused a lot of issues.

    Like Ceejie said - it's VERY important that weight loss surgery is not seen as an easy option. You need support all around you, including psychologists and dietician with bariatric surgery specialist training.

    It is actually hell hard. Going out with friends, looking at loose skin in the mirror, dealing with ongoing detal issues, & initially i was facing ridicule from work colleagues over every thing i put in my mouth. I was even told by someone in the lift - who i barely knew to make sure i throw away all my fat clothes so i didn't get tempted to want to wear them again.

    It took probably 18 months, & a 7 year marriage breakdown for me to stop thinking like a fat person and start realising i had so much to offer the world.

    Now i am putting on weight - for a really good reason of course- but that is messing with my head majorly.... i am falling back into that self loathing fat mindset again. Still i have no regrets at all about my surgery, & only wish i had considered it at a younger age.
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    I was banded in 2012 and we are ttc. There is a section on bandingtogether.com.au for WLS and pregnancy if that's any help.

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    Thanks for your responses ladies
    @Kazzy36, congrats on your pregnancy! Please let me know how it all goes

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    Hi ladies, thought I better update you and let you know I am 5w4d pregnant
    So far so good, although I am absolutely petrified of putting on weight. I mean I know it will happen, but having worked so hard to get where I am, and the idea of once again weighing 100kg+ scares me. A little bubba of my own and cuddle will make it all worth it though!!!

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