Link Between Big Babies & Breast Cancer Shouldn't Worry Moms

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baby weightFor years now, giving birth to a big baby has been like a badge of honor. Moms get a pat on the back for all the work of carrying around such a heavy load, and making it through delivery. Plus they're content knowing they won't have to face all those scary "low birth weight" risks. But now scientists are bursting moms' bubbles big time.

It's true, bigger babies may not face the same scary health risks of their much smaller nursery mates. But they put their mothers at risk of something much more terrifying than the back pain they suffered from carrying them. Breast cancer.

They might as well have just gone ahead and said it: Moms, you are darned if you don't, and you're darned if you do. 

The data revealed in the medical journal PLoS One says moms who deliver a chunky newborn have their risk of breast cancer increased two and a half times. And that is completely independent of any other risk factors.

On the one hand, you can fear having a little peanut who spends months in a NICU and faces a long list of chronic health conditions. On the other, you can fear that you're gestating a giant, jacking up the ratio of estrogen to anti-estrogen in your body ... and putting yourself at risk for the cancer known to kill more women than any other besides lung cancer.

Gee. Such enticing options. What to choose. What to choose. 

Hmm. I'm going to go with neither. No more worrying.

That's not the same as not being smart, ladies. You should exercise. You should eat right. You should do everything your doctor advises. But there is only so much we can do here ... birth weight is as dependent on nature as it is on everything WE do when we're pregnant. And after they're born, and we know the actual weight, well, it's too late, isn't it?

If we don't stop worrying about every single little thing, we're going to worry ourselves into an early grave. And what good does that do us ... or our kids?

How big was your baby? Are you going to let this study worry you?


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nonmember avatar Megan

I find it funny that some of the root causes of so many diseases and cancers can be linked to a diet exposed to high or chronic levels of unhealthy carbs and sugar.
I also find it funny that large chunky babies can be linked to maternal diet high in unhealthy carbs and sugar.

This might be like saying people who have a dent in their back bumper have been linked to people who have a dent in their front bumper. Of course they do, and neither would have a dent if not for the actual cause; a wreck. Maybe people should stop eating so much sugar.

nonmember avatar Megan

And I don't mean to come off sounding self righteous, I ate tons of cake and birthed a big baby first go round. I drink tons of sugary juice this time and guess what, at 5 months, 4D ultrasound showed a little chunk face in my belly. The women in my family are sugar and carb addicts, and thought they were safe because no one is even remotely overweight. But many developed breast cancer and had major success in healing by removing sugar/carbs from their diet.

Ashleigh Munson

I had an 11-pound, 0-ounce baby two weeks ago (yes, vaginally. It's possible). I'm not worried about breast cancer, as it doesn't run in my family at all, even though big babies do.

nonmember avatar liss

i delivered a 9 lb 12 oz boy 2 weeks ago via emergency c-section and was on a sugar-free, healthy food ONLY diet all pregnancy. (i hate junk food and anything greasy) i'm not worried about this study at all because breast cancer is the only cancer to not run in my family.

Kirsten Anthony

Sort of concerns me, breast cancer runs in my family, as do many other gynecological cancers, on both sides. Though I didn't have large babies, my sister's kids were enormous, first one was 10lbs 22 inches the second was 11.1 and 21 3/4 inches. She's already had really bad cervical cancer, and with our family history it concerns me a bit. Both of us are long past having children but makes you wonder. I have other medical issues that with my family history puts me at risk.


organ... organicyogalove

BREASTFEEDING lowers your risk of several cancers including breast. SIMPLE SOLUTION.

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