The nose knows, especially when you’re pregnant. Here’s how to cope when your sense of smell during pregnancy sends you running for the hills (or the bathroom!).
Can you tell what’s on the menu before you’ve even entered the restaurant? Does the smell of sub sandwiches turn your stomach? Lots of ladies become more sensitive and reactive to the scents around them when they’re pregnant – it’s just another one of those wacky signs of pregnancy.
WHAT CAUSES IT
As with so many pregnancy symptoms, when it comes to your heightened sense of smell you can blame those pregnancy hormones again. In this case, estrogen can make every little scent that wafts your way feel like an all-out assault on your nostrils.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Almost every pregnant women notices a change in her sense of smell during pregnancy; it’s how significant that change is, and how it affects you, that makes all the difference. For instance, scientists have hypothesized that for some women, this heightened sense of smell that leads to morning sickness. (One study even found that women born without a sense of smell — a condition called anosmia — don’t suffer from morning sickness when pregnant. Almost makes you want to cut off your nose to help your stomach, doesn’t it?)
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