Obesity and Fertility


Hope you noticed we've made some changes to the format of the newsletter!  Most importantly we've updated the picture to reflect how the practice has grown and changed.  The clinical staff has grown significantly over the last several years, so that it is not just me doing surgery anymore.

Dr. Yurcisin joined my practice (over a year ago!!) and of course almost all of you have met Bella Baum (our physician's assistant) who assists at all surgery, does most of the band adjustments and of course sees patients in the office.
Obesity and Fertility

Today, I want to discuss an issue that will affect virtually all patients and their spouses at some time in their lives…fertility….getting pregnant, staying pregnant and delivering a healthy baby.  As one of my obstetrician friends is fond of saying.. a million things need to go right in order to have a healthy baby.  As you might have guessed one of the things that can affect fertility is excess weight.

Excess body weight can have a negative impact on a woman's ability to get pregnant and then to successfully carry the baby to term.  Obesity makes it more difficult for a woman to get pregnant, once pregnant obese woman have higher miscarriage rates, and higher rates of premature delivery and birth defects.  Of all the risk factors for infertility one of the most easily modified is obesity.

If you, or someone you know, is obese and planning on getting pregnant we will be offering a seminar this Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 pm on "Obesity and Pregnancy".  There will be two speakers….yours truly and Serena Chen, MD.  Dr. Chen is one of the infertility specialists at St. Barnabas.

I will be discussing bariatric surgery and Dr Chen will be discussing the health risks of obesity and pregnancy and as well as various options for infertility treatments.  The good news is that a relatively small weight loss can dramatically increase a woman's ability to get pregnant as well as successfully deliver a healthy baby.

So again this event is for anyone who thinks their weight maybe affecting their ability to get pregnant or stay pregnant.  It will be held this Thursday, October 20th, registration starts at 6:30 pm.  It will be at the Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ.  It will be in conference rooms A/B and there will be signs directing you once you enter the building.

The link to get more information and sign up is on the St. Barnabas website here:


Hope to see you there!
Marisol's Corner

Those of you who have been patients for a while know that our Registered Dietician in Millburn is Marisol (Anna is our Bayville Registered Dietician).  One thing I would like to have as a regular feature of our newsletter is a recipe or nutritional tip from either Marisol or Anna. This week is Marisol with a simple and nutritious recipe!   Take it away, Marisol…

Now that the fall weather is here I like to change up my breakfast to something a little more hearty and satisfying.  Oatmeal is a great wholesome food that does not take a lot of time to prepare.  A better choice in oatmeal is the plain old fashion oats or plain 1 minute quick oats.  I like to make mine with almond milk and a spoonful of almond butter but you can use low fat milk if you prefer.  I like the consistency of this recipe but if you prefer your oatmeal a little thinner then I would suggest using more milk.  Keep in mind you can change up the fruit; you can use bananas or sliced apples.


3/4 cup Almond milk (can use 1% or Fat Free milk)

3/4 cup Quaker Oats 1 minute quick oats pinch of salt

1/8 tsp vanilla extract (can use more if you want more of a vanilla flavor) Cinnamon

1 spoonful of almond butter (optional)

Handful of blueberries (optional)


Heat milk in a microwave safe bowl on high for 1 minute in the microwave.  Remove, add oats, pinch of salt, vanilla extract & cinnamon.  Stir to combine.  Return bowl to microwave and cook on high for 20 seconds.  Remove and add almond butter, stir to combine and add blueberries.  You can sprinkle more cinnamon if you want.   Enjoy!  Your heart will thank you for it!




In Good Health,

Michael Bilof, MD
Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

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