I have been overweight since my mid-20s and had tried many diets over the years. I was on Weight Watchers for two years and lost some weight, but it came back. I started going to the gym and working out. I lost some weight, but once again it came back. Then I started to notice a change in my menstrual cycles. Eventually, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition caused by an imbalance of sex hormones. My PCOS doctor told me that losing weight could help, but no matter what I did, the weight would always come back quickly. When my PCOS doctor recommended I consider weight loss surgery, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I used to look at weight loss surgery as “the easy way out,” but after my frustrations over my health and trying to have a baby for 10 years with no luck, I started to change my mind.
After consulting with the doctors at New Jersey Bariatric Center®, I decided to have gastric sleeve surgery. I told my husband that we would be blessed if we have a child at the end of this journey, but mostly I wanted to be healthy and live a long time. Soon after my weight loss surgery, I started walking in my neighborhood. Now, I walk 10 to 12 miles a day or work out with a trainer in the gym. Less than a year after my gastric sleeve surgery, my PCOS specialist said I was ready to start trying to get pregnant. Now I’m seven months pregnant with my first child, still eating healthy and exercising daily. This surgery has given me a second chance at life. I have gained much more than just being pregnant with my first baby. I have regained a passion for working out and loving the gym. I eat a lot healthier and learned that this is a life change just not a surgery. It’s not an easy way out; it’s the beginning of your life.
*According to national studies, bariatric surgery results in an average weight loss of 55-80 percent of excess body weight. Excess weight is the amount of weight one needs to lose in order to have a “healthy” BMI of 25.