What To Do If Smells Make You Gag While Pregnant, According To An Expert

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Is there anything worse than a bad smell? Whether a stranger’s body odor on a closely packed subway car or the fishy scent lingering in the office microwave, certain smells make you gag even if you’re not pregnant. But pregnancy often brings a heightened sensitivity to smell, and even normally innocuous things like scrambled eggs can send you dry heaving to the bathroom. In order to make it through your pregnancy without living in a sensory bubble, you need to know what to do if smells make you gag while pregnant.

Over email, Romper spoke with Dr. Kameelah Phillips, OB-GYN and founder of OBaby Maternity, about why some smells make you nauseous while pregnant and what you can do about it. “There is no clear reason why pregnant women are more sensitive to smells, but an increase in the hormones hCG and estrogen likely are involved,” Phillips says….

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