Post # 1
Before I got pregnant I was aware that smells was a problem to some when pregnant. However, I never realized how bad it could be. Like how my poor husbands breath would make me go “Go. Brush. Teeth. NOW” even from quite a distance, or how our scented greenbin bags would become my worst household enemy… But nothing could have prepared me for earlier this week. You see, my 85-year-old grandma lives in Sweden (we’re in Canada) and she loves to send me care packages. Super sweet and always very appreciated. Well, this Monday her Easter package showed up. It was wrapped in a few layers of plastic, which I found odd, but I figured the box had been damaged and set it aside for my husband to come home. This was around lunch and as the day progressed I got more and more disturbed by the smell of “dead feet”. I searched everywhere trying to figure out where it came from, and eventually settled on my husbands’ boots. They need to be replaced, and I was 100% sure the smell must come from them so out in the garden with them! Still smelly though, so I figured my husband must have walked around with icky boot socks and “contaminated the place”. I cleaned, opened windows and by the time he came home I was all like “Whyyyyhyhy would you keep those boots?! Do you know how sick I’ve been today because of them?!”. Well, turns out it was the package – grandma had forgot that Camembert doesn’t travel very well over the North Atlantic Ocean – so when we cut the plastic I thought I was going to pass out of sickness. Even our smallest cat started to make choking sounds. We’re laughing about it now, but oh man I hope that was the worst smell moment I’ll ever have to endure during this pregnancy!
Anyone else had a problem with smells during their pregnancies and was there anything in particular that was extra horrible? Just so that I know what to avoid in the future! 😉
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site
I guess it’s nothing specific but lots of smells have made me throw up.
Most notably, last week I was folding laundry in the bedroom, and my husband came in and let out a fart (asshole) and I totally threw up. The worst part was, it wasn’t even that smelly, I think it was just the nasty sound of it that made me throw up.
Post # 3
oh man I hear you, smells can be the worst!
When I was about 3 months I went to the grocery store in the morning (I normally go in the evening but had time so I went early) I was feeling kind of queasy to begin with and having been throwing up for about a month straight at that point I was just trying to power through. I started feeling faint when I got to the check out but was nearly done with the grocery experience so I waited in line leaning on the cart and sipping on gingerale. I thought I was going to make it through until some deli employee with a cart of fried chicken walked right past me, I threw up instantly. All of my groceries were on the belt so I threw my credit card at the poor check out girl and ran out the door. I sat on the steps outside for a good 20 minuets before I could stop dry heaving. The worst part was that several of my co-workers who did not know I was pregnant yet walked past at the time and said things like “had A rough night?” I was mortified. I now shop at a different grocery slightly out of town becuase they don’t serve fried chicken so I don’t have to be afraid of the smell.
Post # 4
Having had Hypermesis Gravidarium, almost any smell was a horribly offensive smell to me. My Fi’s natural smell (even after a shower/ brushing his teeth) absolutely disgusted me. I couldn’t even pretend or control it, it would make me dry heave and even vomit on more than one occasion. But the worst smell moment I had was when I was admitted to the hospital because of the HG, I was sharing a room with another patient who had visitors that brought her some kind of flan. FLAN!!! The nerve!!!!!! It was the most appalling thing I have smelled in my whole life, and I went into a vomiting spree that lasted for over an hour even after they changed me to a different room. The irony is that my non-pregnant self enjoys flan quite a bit.
Post # 5
I was over the worst of my morning sickness by about 15 weeks and at 18 weeks I thought I was in the clear. NOPE. At 23 weeks I went on a work trip to Utah. At the end of the trip I dropped everybody off at the hotel for the night and then drove the rental van back to the airport, then caught the airport shuttle back to the hotel. When I got in the shuttle, the driver was BLASTING the heat. Seriously- it was like 60 degrees outside and we DID NOT need extreme scorching heat making the shuttle 90 degrees but whatever, it was like a 5 minute ride. Then a group of people got on the shuttle and they’d been smoking right before. Then a couple people opened McDonald’s bags and started chowing down. I stared out the window and tried to go into a zen state/happy place, while breathing through my mouth. It was the longest five minutes of my life but by a supreme act of will I managed not to puke. If I’d been in my first trimester I know all bets would’ve been off.
Post # 6
I was 9 1/2 weeks and hadn’t really had any symptoms to speak of. I thought I had made it through unscathed. One Sunday morning I go to yoga, and when I get home Darling Husband is making scrambled eggs. I walk in, smell the eggs, and scream “What the hell are you cooking? Rotting feat??” and proceed to run into the bathroom and dry heave for the next 5 minutes. Cue 5 weeks of awful morning sickness with Zofran to get through the day..
Throughout my pregnancy, I could smell Darling Husband open a bottle of wine from across the house.
Post # 7
ExcitedScaredBee: OMG I love Zofran lol. It’s seriously the only thing that’s prevented me from puking up my spleen.
To OP, I’ve had terrible morning sickness (twins) and, in fact, it’s not just isolated to mornings. The worst was during the first trimester, when a friend came to visit me after she got done with work. All I could smell was fried onions (she’s a waitress) and it was awful lol.
Post # 8
Oh my gosh… that would be enough to ruin me for weeks!!
I have lots of random things that make me ill. I can smell even the slightest nasty scent as if were everywhere 🙁 Last pregnancy, vinyl made me SO sick. You wouldn’t believe how many products it is in. Office chairs, cars, clothes. *barf*
This time, my poor dog is the one I can’t handle. I can smell him across the room…and have to hold my breath while I pat him 🙁
There was also some over-ripe garbage in our office basement a few days before garbage day. I was gagging and heaving all morning from the smell of it.. blargh.
Post # 9
My Darling Husband used to brew this horrible smelling dunkin donuts jelly donut coffee. The scent was so strong and sweet, it would instantly give me a headache and make me feel sick. Even now that I’m not pregnant, I still hate the way it smells.
Post # 10
I feel bad, but for me it was DH’s breath. If he turned towards me in bed I would actually wake up out of a dead sleep because of it. I have no idea why. It didn’t bother me before getting pregnant and I haven’t noticed it now that Dirty Delete is born. I never told him, but he kind of figured it out since I always suggested cuddling in the spooning position instead of me being on his chest like usual and I would hold my breath when he kissed me in the morning haha.
Post # 11
It’s kinda funny, my DH’s breath bothered me too! I couldn’t stand to have him breathe on me and for the first time since we got together I didn’t want to kiss him 🙁 I think it turned out to just be the toothpaste. I changed the toothpaste and it has gotten better. But the biggest thing for me was the smell of potatoes frying and bacon cooking. I’m 21 weeks now and just the other day the smell of steak cooking grossed me out. And pepper on anything being cooked. That was also a killer.
Post # 12
I was at target and about 20 feet away I SWEAR I could smell this women smoking. In Target. She wasn’t. I’m guessing she smoked some time before coming in.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
My husband’s first pee in the morning (he likes to “let it mellow” to conserve water, GAG), Dreft spray-and-wash (smells like corrosive acid baby powder and gives me migraines), dog poop, the yard waste bin… all pretty gross to begin with, but seriously bad while pregnant.
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
The smell of frying oil drove me crazy the first few months of my pregnancy, just couldn’t stand it.
Post # 15
As weird as it sounds, during my worst MS weeks I COULD NOT use my normal shampoo. As soon as I opened the container I got horrible nausea. I had to go out and sniff shampoos one afternoon to find one that didn’t make me feel like vomiting. As soon as I hit week 12 I was back to normal and now at 33 weeks I am using it all the time again. So weird.
I also couldn’t eat anything that I cooked and had been smelling for any length of time. I did some crock potting over the winter and I never touched any of it because the smell had been around for too long!