While the world has been buzzing since Christina Applegate announced she is pregnant, the actress has called attention to another important issue - giving birth after breast cancer.
The star of Samanta Who? was diagnosed two years ago with stage one of the disease, and underwent a double mastectomy. She is now cancer-free and expecting her first child.
According to ABC News
, the stunning starlet is hardly the first person to embrace motherhood after battling the illness. However, women are advised to wait at least two years after treatment before attempting to conceive.
"Studies showed an improvement in outcomes in women who eventually became pregnant after two to five years," Dr Massimo Cristofanilli of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia told the news source. "It's possibly a protective effect - there are fewer ovulatory cycles, so there's less estrogen."
Applegate isn't the first celebrity to become pregnant after battling cancer. In fact, British filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood, who overcame both colon and breast cancer before the age of 32, just gave birth to her third daughter.