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Being overweight during pregnancy

During pregnancy, being overweight or obese can cause health problems for both the mother and her baby.

The March of Dimes Foundation—a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the health of pregnant mothers and their babies—warns that being overweight or obese while pregnant could result in higher blood pressure, blood clotting issues, a longer hospital stay, C-section, miscarriage, urinary tract infection, premature birth, and more.

A recent study looked at the children of formerly obese women who underwent bariatric surgery. Researchers tested blood samples from children born before their mother underwent bariatric surgery and blood samples from children born after their mother had bariatric surgery. The results? The study concluded that children born after their mother lost the extra weight may have better heart health.

This means that a mother’s weight during her pregnancy can affect her children’s chances of becoming obese or being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

We strongly encourage women planning to become pregnant to talk with their doctors about their state of health before becoming pregnant. Obesity and being overweight have long-term and immediate consequences.

To determine if you qualify for bariatric surgery, take our BMI (Body Mass Index) quiz:


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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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