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Pregnant-does OB have to know about WLS?



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Edited by Sassypants92201

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Absolutely they need to know about your WLS. To not tell your OB is doing a disservice to your child. Your OB's job is to ensure that you deliver a healthy child, without your complete medical/surgical history they cannot plan for or help prevent any adverse effects that your diet and health may have on your child.

Edited by Mayaresearchmom

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My own sister doesn't know I've had WLS. But all my Dr's do.

I think it's important that your OB know so they can make sure baby is getting everything it needs to grow.

My OB has been awesome! He knows I can't eat 2000 calories a day unless I ate all processed crap food. He is ok with my lower calories and feels like my healthy food choices are great for baby. He is also doing a modified gestational diabetes test for me as I wouldn't be able to tolerate the glucose drink.

I haven't needed to see a specialist or anything else because of my WLS. I'm 25 weeks and baby is doing great! She is right on target growth wise and I'm up 8 lbs. My goal is to only gain another 5 - 7 until delivery. Again my OB is fine with this.

Good luck!! When are you due?

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If your insurance paid for your surgery, then there's no reason not to tell your OB. She (or he) is bound by HIPAA, so anything you tell your OB must stay with her. She cannot even mention it in front of your husband, boyfriend, or whoever happens to be having the baby with you. If she's a good doctor she will notice the scars on your stomach and want to know what you had done anyway. Best to be upfront about it and protect yourself and your baby.

I paid for my own surgery, so when I do tell doctors I make sure they know that it can't go into my chart. I don't feel like my insurance company finding out I had major surgery- they never even knew I was fat, lol. I think with the new law they can't raise my rates, but in the past they could not only increase the price of my coverage but they could have completely dropped me. On the chance that any part of Obamacare is repealed, I don't want to be in a position where I'm fighting to have insurance coverage. That is my rationale for only telling doctors who really need to know and I would consider the OB in that category.

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YES!!! Please tell them. You risk the loss of your baby. This can wait. You baby's life can not

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Sorry, I read it wrong lol

You should tell your OB, incase your baby isn't growing as fast .

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They are a core member of your pregnancy team. They can do a better job helping you if you tell them everything that could be relevant. They are a service to you... If you don't feel comfortable with them as a part of your team, bail and find someone else.

It's like asking someone on the street to provide you directions and then blind folding them. They can probably point in somewhat the right direction and give you so-so directions, but since you handicapped them you aren't going to get the results you wanted.

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