Sticking to a strict diet during pregnancy is not something that most women worry about while expecting, but some scary new research may make you think twice about devouring a cheeseburger and fries or a delectable glazed doughnut.
A study conducted by the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center has found a link between how much fat a woman consumes during pregnancy and increased breast cancer risk in her female offspring. Pregnant women who consume a high-fat diet are much more likely to pass on "familial" breast cancers than those who avoid fatty foods.
And if you're breathing a sigh of relief right now because you've been chowing down on all sorts of delicious fattening foods and figure you're in the clear because you're expecting a baby boy -- you shouldn't be.
Because the scariest part of this new research is the fact that the increased cancer risk can be passed on to multiple generations, including granddaughters and great-granddaughters. So if you're over-indulging while carrying a boy, there's a chance that his daughter or her daughter may have a higher chance of developing breast cancer.
Well, isn't that just great?! As if there isn't enough "mom guilt" involved with having kids, now we have to worry about what we eat during pregnancy potentially giving our future generations a fatal disease. (Can moms do anything right?)
For those of us who have already been through pregnancy and did help ourselves to fattier foods from time to time, I guess there's not much we can do to change our kids' (and their kids') breast cancer risk at this point. All we can do is hope we didn't eat quite enough of the bad stuff to make a significant difference.
But now that we know how big a part what we eat during pregnancy can play into the health of our babies, it's probably best to pay attention to your diet and avoid the drive-thru whenever possible, just to be on the safe side.
Does this new research freak you out? Have you been eating fatty foods so far during your pregnancy?
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