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I'm several weeks along now and just recently noticed that everything smells bad. Literally, everything. Most people find a food, scented candle, something that smells good to them during pregnancy to help cope with the intense aversions to certain smells and foods but I haven't found anything and I've tried everything I can think of. Even the smell of my babies future father makes my stomach turn. I have a hard time hugging him and sleeping next to him. Kissing him makes me gag. I don't want it to be like this because I don't want him to talk it personally or feel like I don't love him but I can't seem to go near him anymore. His house even smells musty and he says he doesn't notice it. Has anyone else experienced their smell go up this much? Any tips on coping with it until the aversions go away?
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I'm sorry to hear you're having difficulty with scents. It's always hard to tell what you'll be sensitive to when you're pregnant. Some folks find everything awful, some just a few things, and others are not bothered at all. It just depends. I know that scents seemed much more prominent to me when I was pregnant, but it wasn't as much of an aversion for me.

Have you tried eating something with it? Taste and smell are tied together. So perhaps eating or drinking something might mellow the other scents. Maybe something like a minty gum or candy? There's also the possibility that this is just something that will pass with time. You might also think about talking with your doctor about how you are feeling.

With regard to your partner's feelings about it, have you explained to him why you are having trouble being close to him right now? This also might be a great time to pick up a book or two about pregnancy that you both can read to help understand how much of this reaction really is about the pregnancy.

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Captain Girl
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Yes. I had similar issues during my first pregnancy. My partner had to shower approximately every five minutes. Eating or drinking didn't change anything, in no small part because I couldn't find a damn thing that I could stand to eat.

I found fresh air basically bearable, so a good cleaning, followed by having the windows open a ton helped.

Mint, ginger and citrus smelled okay to me, and sometimes tasted good. I used mint gum to help with nausea.

Things got a *lot* better as I got into the second trimester, so hang in. This probably won't last very long.

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Michelle Ravel
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It's possible you'll feel a little less sick in your second trimester. I hope so!

Your sense of smell is going to get a lot more keen while you're pregnant, so it's very possible you can smell stuff your partner can't. So don't worry if he can't smell it--you're not crazy, just pregnant!

You're going to need to vacuum and febreeze the crap out of his place, or do whatever works.

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