Morning sickness reduces breast cancer risk

Filed under: Your Pregnancy, Health & Safety: Babies

Morning sickness, apparently, is good for you. While I'm sure it's an incredibly unpleasant aspect of pregnancy, nauseated mothers-to-be can take comfort in the fact that it lowers their risk of breast cancer -- by 30 percent.

Doctors aren't exactly sure what causes morning sickness in the first place, so they're not certain which aspect of it works to reduce the chances of developing cancer. However, best guess is that the nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are the result of higher levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin -- which may also work to prevent breast cancer.

Subseuently, the more human chorionic gonadotropin you produce, the sicker you get, and the more protected you are.

While it's certainly great news for some women, I have a feeling this information won't be very comforting when they're up in the middle of the night, doubled over the toilet, hoping they're not about to revisit dinner.

At least, in the end, something good comes out of it (and, of course, you'll get a baby, too).

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.