Whether you can smell dinner before you even enter the house, or find that your go-to Le Labo fragrance has become the most repulsive scent ever, pregnancy smell can be a doozy. From simple, innocent scents like moisturizer or sunscreen, to more sinister smells like salmon, garbage, and yes, your partner’s B.O., your nose is on hyper alert throughout pregnancy, and for some women, it’s quite severe. “I literally couldn’t even sleep next to my husband for about three months during my pregnancy,” says Alise Brody, a stay-at-home mama from New Jersey. “I could barely stomach his natural smell, it was quite the mood killer for a minute there.”
So is it normal? Yes. Most pregnant women notice changes in their sense of smell during the first trimester, but it’s largely varied and there’s no one answer. For other women, this change can induce major morning sickness, and for others it’s a quick WTF and on to the next heinous symptom. “The majority of these cases occur early on in pregnancy, we don’t know exactly why,’ says Dr. Shieva Ghofrany, an OB-GYN based in Stamford, CT. “We do know that women might be sensitized to certain pheromones. A lot of my patients say they knew they were pregnant when they couldn’t stand the smell of chicken or eggs and animal proteins. The majority of this goes away after the first trimester. But if you can’t stand the smell of your husband at 30 weeks pregnant, sleep in a different room. We should all be doing that anyway.”
So what to do when you can barely stomach your partner’s scent or anything else, fearing that whatever is in your stomach will end up on the rug? Follow these easy steps and try not to worry. Like everything with pregnancy, this too shall pass.
- Eat smart. Cook (and eat) only those foods you can smell.
- Freshen up. Leave your windows open when possible to deal with cooking or rancid odors.
- Do your laundry. Wash your clothes more often, since fibers tend to hold onto odors.
- Go all natch. Switch to unscented toiletries and cleaning products (or at least those with fragrances that don’t make you feel sick).
- Inhale the love. Surround yourself with scents that actually make you feel better. Mint, lemon, ginger and cinnamon are more likely to soothe your nausea. Also, try our Rescue Wellness Oil, our nausea relief aromatherapy oil blend infused with ginger extracts.