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Time between bariatric surgery, childbirth influences neonatal health risks

October 24, 2016

The risks for prematurity, neonatal ICU admission and small for gestational age status are elevated among infants whose mothers had bariatric surgery less than 2 years before giving birth compared with those of mothers who did not undergo such procedures, study data show.

Brodie Parent, MD, of the department of surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, and colleagues conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study of data from 10,296 women (median age, 29 years) seen at hospitals in Washington state between 1980 and May 2013 to determine whether bariatric surgery is associated with perinatal complications. Participants were divided into groups based on surgical status: postoperative mothers and their infants (n = 1,859) and nonoperative mothers and their infants (n = 8,437).

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