[Updated Story: 19th July 2017]
This week’s wonderful weight loss story has to be our beautiful new mum Kaz Dalton, who has given birth to the most adorable and healthy baby, and her story has been featured in the latest issue of LABEL Magazine. Read it here:
[ Previous Story Published On 5th April 2017 ]
This week’s wonderful weight loss story is a very joyous one, Kaz Dalton is pregnant! Below is her BEFORE Gastric Sleeve and AFTER Successful Pregnancy image. And she wrote a little story of her journey, a rather emotional but very inspirational one:
In May of 2015 I underwent the best decision I’ve ever made – to have gastric sleeve surgery.
Let me back track to one of the main reasons I chose to get this done.
After 3 years of trying to conceive and struggling with a few issues such as PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) and a few other hurdles, we were told the very sad news by our GP that conceiving would be extremely hard, if not impossible. Our options were “IVF” and it was also mentioned that my weight was also a huge factor and was possibly one of the other reasons conceiving was extremely difficult.
My hubby and I had a conversation about spending money on IVF or looking at addressing the “weight” issues and seeing if that would help address any of the fertility issues. After looking into the IVF options and also gastric sleeve, we decided that the best option was to work on health first, lose the weight and see if that assisted with fertility.
I was advised to wait a minimum of 12 months post op to even begin trying (Actually the best advice ever! and so, 14 months after surgery we decided to start trying for a baby. Despite being told I may still have to go to IVF, we hit the Jackpot and I fell pregnant our 3rd month trying! I am 100% confident that addressing my health issues with the gastric sleeve, helped in fixing my fertility issues. I’m due in 3 and a half weeks and thanks to my sleeve and mindfully eating – I’ve only put on a healthy 6.5kgs and my midwife is so happy with my progress.
My takeaways to anyone looking into Gastric sleeve surgery, especially to increase their fertility chances would be this.
1) Heed the advice of the surgeon and DO NOT TRY and get pregnant within the first 12-18 months. I CANNOT stress this enough. I’ve seen so many stupid decisions made post op by people wanting to have a baby and choosing to ignore the advice of a trained medical professional because “they know better” or “it was an accident” Take precautions and do what you can to follow the program. I promise you won’t regret it. The best thing I did was WAIT! Mentally, physically and health wise it set me up to win.
2) Don’t “google” advice about Gastric sleeves and pregnancy. Most of what you’ll find is here say and uneducated guesses. Talk to experts. I am so thankful to WLSA, that they have a team of people that can answer all questions.
3) Continue to be mindful and use what you have learned about mindful eating throughout your pregnancy. There is literally zero reason anyone should put on 30-35kgs pregnant – let’s be honest, that isn’t baby. You will notice your restriction change a little in your 2nd trimester and may be able to eat slightly more, but if you are mindful about “real” hunger and your choices, you will have the best and healthiest pregnancy EVER! And yes, you will ALWAYS have enough to feed and nourish your unborn baby.
From the WLSA Team:
The WLSA team are all cheering the arrival of baby Dalton! I think we are almost as excited as all the extended family who are in some way linked to this gorgeous couple.
Kaz has the most incredible positive personality that lights up the room wherever she is. As a patient of WLSA we loved every minute of sharing her weight loss results following her sleeve gastrectomy; her insight and humor and know that parenthood will be a wonderful continuation following on from successful weight loss.
What could be a better achievement? Such a powerful message to share with so many couples who would love to be in the same boat.
We wish Kaz and Jake a happy and healthy delivery and cannot wait to meet their beautiful baby.
Love and hugs all at WLSA.
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*Disclaimer: Results may vary for each person