Pregnancy is a time of great physical, emotional, and mental changes for women. During this time, women can experience a variety of symptoms that are considered normal and part of the process. One such symptom is a heightened sense of smell. Many pregnant women report a heightened sense of smell during the course of their pregnancy, which can be both a blessing and a burden. But the question many women have is when does this heightened sense of smell usually start? This blog post will provide an overview of what week heightened sense of smell typically starts in pregnancy and tips for managing it.
What can I do about heightened sense of smell when I’m pregnant?
You can’t cut off your nose, but you can try to stay away from smells that make you nauseous and make other pregnancy-related symptoms worse. Some strategies to try:
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The nose knows, especially when youre pregnant. When your heightened sense of smell during pregnancy makes you want to run for the hills (or the bathroom), here’s how to handle it.
Does the smell of deli sandwiches make you queasy before you’ve even walked into the restaurant and can you guess what’s on the menu?
One more of those odd early signs of pregnancy, studies indicate that up to two-thirds of pregnant women become more sensitive and reactive to the smells around them.
When does heightened sense of smell generally start during pregnancy?
During the first trimester of pregnancy, many women experience changes in their sense of smell. However, the importance of those modifications and their impact on expectant mothers can differ.
For instance, researchers have proposed that some women’s heightened olfactory sensitivity may result in morning sickness. (One study even discovered that pregnant women born anosmic, or without the ability to smell, do not experience morning sickness. Who knew?).