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How to Cope With a Strong Sense of Smell During Pregnancy

Many women have a strong sense of smell during pregnancySo last week, we talked about the top 8 most horrible smells when you’re pregnant. When you read about these gag-inducing scents, you might have been able to relate, but wondered “Yeah, but how do I deal when the smell of meat cooking makes me gag?”
 
While it’s not practical to want to walk around with your nose plugged, there are some things you can do to avoid scents that ramp up your nausea.

Here are 6 simple tips for coping with a strong sense of smell during pregnancy:

1. Air Out Your Home
Whenever possible, leave your windows open. This will help banish any musty odors or cooking smells.
 
2. Eat Smart
Only cook the foods you can stand to smell. The old you might have loved steamed cauliflower and broccoli. But if the pregnant you hates the smell of these veggies, just avoid them until after you deliver.
 
3. Ditch the Perfume
Go easy on anything that’s scented, including body lotion, deodorant, and perfume. Or, you could switch to a fragrance that doesn’t make you sick. This goes for your man, too. You might have loved his Thierry Mugler cologne before, but now that you’re pregnant the scent makes you queasy.
 
4. Seek Nausea-Soothing Scents
Surround yourself with a scent like lemon, mint, ginger, and cinnamon. These scents can actually make you feel better and soothe your nausea rather than make it worse.
 
5. Do Laundry More Often
The fibers of your clothing tend to hang onto odors. So, we recommend washing your clothes more often than usual to help get rid of these odors.
 
6. Ask Others to be Considerate
Ask your partner, family, friends, and co-workers to be sensitive to your newly strong sense of smell. They could avoid microwaving fish for lunch or go easy on the perfume.
 
We hope that one (or a few!) of these tips give you some relief! Do you have a tip that didn’t make our list? Please share it in the comments!

The Top 8 Most Horrible Smells When You’re Pregnant

Garlic is one of the worst smells when you’re pregnant!Pregnancy brings so many side effects and symptoms, and many of them are unpleasant. The most unusual one might just be a hypersensitive sense of smell.
 
Some refer to this as “pregnancy nose,” and it means that many pregnant women have a heightened sense of smell. And there are certain scents they can’t stand.
 

Here are the top 8 most gag-worthy smells when you’re pregnant:

 

8. Meat cooking

For some pregnant ladies, chicken cooking smells disgusting, and for others, hot dogs stink. But other times, these meats might smell good. The smell of meat cooking is totally random, but when it smells, it smells BAD.
 

7. Pets

Smells like kitty litter, wet dog, and dog breath are pretty awful even when you’re not pregnant. But once you get “pregnancy nose,” pet scents multiply in grossness.
 

6. Seafood

Many women can relate to an aversion to the smell of seafood. Says one mama-to-be: “I actually canceled a dinner with friends once because we were going to meet up at a seafood restaurant. I felt like a flake, but I knew I couldn’t handle the awful smell!”
 

5. Heavy Fragrances

Think colognes, laundry detergents, candles, cleaning products, perfumes, and perfumes.
 

4. Cigarette Breath, Seafood Breath, and Alcohol Breath

Being around someone with bad breath is gross enough, but any of the scents on this list are even worse on someone’s breath!
 

3. Grocery Stores

Chances are you know exactly what the #3 smell is about. “Grocery store smell” is the combo of all the different scents in a grocery store that issue in an odor that’s near impossible to stand when you’re pregnant.
 

2. Cigarettes

If you’re like most people, the smell of cigarette smoke gets to you even on a non-pregnant day. So it makes sense that cigarettes become unbearable during pregnancy. Luckily, not as many people smoke nowadays, so you probably won’t have to encounter this smell regularly.
 

1. Strong Foods

The odor of strong foods, like garlic and onion, are the worst offenders for many pregnant women!
 

Keep an eye on our pregnancy blog, because next time we’ll tell you how to cope when your sharp sense of smell during pregnancy sends you running for the bathroom!

When Is It Too Late To Do Adoption?

Mother holding one-year-old daughter“I’ve really been struggling to make ends meet for the last year. I work long hours so I can make enough to pay for daycare. All my bills are past due and I’m going to get kicked out of my apartment soon.
 
This isn’t how I pictured life to be for my daughter. I want better for her than being shuffled to and from daycare, and barely seeing her.
 
It’s so hard to even think of adopting her out, it’s also hard to think of what could happen if I don’t. Is it too late to do adoption?”

 
It’s never too late to make an adoption plan for your child. Many women have parented before choosing adoption. You can manage the whole adoption planning process, including when you’re ready to start. Adoption is always a choice that you can make, no matter if your child is weeks, months, or years old. Women choosing adoption later on for their child have the same rights and choices as a pregnant woman making an adoption plan, including:

  • Planning an adoption that fits your goals for your child’s future
  • Selecting the perfect adoptive parents for your child
  • Choosing how much contact you’d like to have with the adoptive family before and after the adoption
  • Receiving the resources, support, and services you need.
  • Remaining a part of your child’s life through open adoption visits, emails, photos, and updates
  • Deciding when you’re ready to sign the adoption paperwork.

 
You can move through the adoption process at your own speed. We can refer you to an adoption professional called Lifetime Adoption who works nationwide. They’ve helped hundreds of women who chose adoption for their older child. Know that Lifetime won’t try to pressure you into a decision you’re not OK with.
 

There’s no deadline to do what’s best your child, and no “wrong time”
to start thinking about adoption.
 
Contact Lifetime Adoption to learn more about your adoption choices and how to move forward. Give Lifetime a call or text them at 1-800-923-6784.

How to Cope With Constipation During Pregnancy

Pregnant woman outside bundled upPregnancy comes with a whole host of unpleasant side effects, but constipation might just be one of the worst. The gas, bloating, and constant pressure can make a mama-to-be quite miserable. We’re here to let you know about the causes of constipation during pregnancy, plus what you can do about it!
 

Causes

There are a lot of reasons why you may be finding yourself in this situation, but constipation during pregnancy is usually because of hormones, your expanding uterus, stress, and supplements.
 
Pregnancy hormones such as progesterone are important in keeping a healthy pregnancy. But these hormones can also bring some less-than-pleasant side effects, like slowing your digestive system. Plus, the bigger your baby gets, the more he or she pushes down on your bowels, making it challenging for business to happen as usual.
 
Supplements like calcium and iron are known to cause constipation and are both found in prenatal vitamins. However, calcium and iron are also important components for your growing baby. So, don’t stop taking your prenatal vitamins to move things along without first asking your doctor.
 
But fear not! There are a few simple steps you can take to get control of this unpleasant issue.
 

How to Fix It

Pregnant woman suffers from back ache

1. Fiber

Fiber is your best friend when it comes to treating constipation. Good sources of fiber include beans, leafy greens, and of course, prunes. Fiber can show up in unexpected places, like popcorn and even kiwis. But make sure to ease your body into a fiber-rich diet, so you don’t end up trading one miserable condition (constipation) for another (earth-rattling gas).
 

2. Keep Hydrated

So many pregnancy articles suggest uping your water intake, and so does this one. Drink. Water. The longer a stool hangs around in the colon, the more water is absorbed, and the harder it gets. So more water means softer stools.
 

3. Get Some Exercise

Getting moving, especially after you eat, is a great way to kick your digestion into high gear. You can do something simple like going for a walk after lunch.
 

4. Don’t Hold It

No one likes to use public bathrooms, but when you gotta go, you gotta go. Holding it in can make constipation worse, so go if you feel the urge.
 

What Not to Do

Don’t take any medications like laxatives or mineral oil while you’re pregnant unless your doctor prescribes them. That’s because they come with unwanted side effects, like dehydration and uterine contractions.

8 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep At 8 Months Pregnant

Woman snuggles a pregnancy pillowWhoever said, “You better sleep now because you won’t get much sleep when the baby comes!” has clearly never been pregnant. If you’re getting near to the end of your pregnancy, then you know getting a good night sleep is virtually impossible right now. Here are 8 reasons why:
 

1. So many trips to the bathroom

Right now, your bladder capacity is at an all-time low because of your growing baby. Plus, it seems like the urge to pee is bigger at night than during the day.
 

2. Your baby likes to practice karate at 3 am

Maybe she is rehearsing for tryouts to the Rockettes, or maybe she really is trying to torture you. At eight months along, many women have shared that their baby seems to enjoy busting out leg workouts in the middle of the night.
 

3. Pregnancy insomnia

The inability to turn off your brain just might be the most frustrating sleep disruption. As if your daytime hours weren’t already focused on all the anxiety-inducing realities coming, night brings new strength to those looming concerns.
 

4. So many pillows

When you’re pregnant, experts recommend tucking one pillow under your bellow, another between your knees, and a third behind your lower back. Before you know it, you become so trapped by pillows that the idea of changing positions is just too much effort.
 

5. Heartburn

It’s like there’s a fire in your esophagus, which only gets worse when you lay down. Get our tips on coping with pregnancy heartburn here https://pregnancyhelponline.com/how-to-deal-with-heartburn-during-pregnancy/
 

6. Restless legs

Around a third of pregnant women have a condition called restless legs syndrome (RLS). It’s that itchy, pulling, burning, urge to move your legs. It’s like your legs are screaming to run a marathon even though you get winded walking up a flight of stairs.
 

7. Strange dreams

The final trimester brings with it some of the strangest, chilling dreams of your life. From the bizarre to the horrifying, you’ve never been so thankful for the morning.
 

8. Hunger

Yes, you had dinner, plus assorted snacks. But once 1 am rolls around, your stomach starts growling for more.
 

What to Read Next:

How to Get a Great Night’s Sleep in Your Third Trimester
10 Ways to Prep for Labor and Delivery
Why Feeling Your Baby’s Kicks is a Good Sign
10 Things to Do During Your Last Month of Pregnancy
Pregnancy Dreams-What Do They Mean?

How to Survive the Last Two Weeks of Pregnancy

Woman in her third trimester reading a bookYou’re tired, you’re sore, and you might even pee a little bit when you laugh or cough. It takes forever to fall asleep. Welcome to the last two weeks of pregnancy!
 
We’re sharing five helpful tips to help you survive the longest stage of pregnancy! We hope that they’ll help you make the most of these last few days last two to four weeks without losing your mind.
 

1. Go to the spa or salon

Depending on your finances, this one might be easier said than done. But if you can, we recommend scheduling both a pedicure and a prenatal massage for this last leg of your pregnancy. Sit back and have someone else paint your toes. You’ve earned it!
 

2. Pig out

Now’s the home stretch. Whether or not you counted calories during your pregnancy, the damage is done. You won’t gain another 20 pounds these last couple of weeks, so go ahead and enjoy that candy bar, donut, or ice cream. Do you.
 

3. Let things go

Kick up your feet, watch Netflix, and let the laundry, vacuuming, and dishes go undone. Just, let it go. Better yet, you can use the time you would be doing housework to do something for yourself. Read a book you always wanted to read, watch funny videos online, or just do whatever you’d like to do.
 

4. Make plans

What’s something that you really want to do? Maybe it’s seeing that new movie everyone’s talking about. Maybe it’s getting dressed up and going out to your favorite restaurant. Just make sure it’s something you’re genuinely looking forward to.
 

5. Get yourself something nice

Go shopping and buy yourself something new. You could take a leisurely trip to your local Sephora, gathering free samples of high-end skin care. Or, you might shop for new mom gear, like cute nursing bras and flattering yoga pants. Treat. Your. Self. Plus, all the walking involved in your shopping trip will help get your body ready for labor!

“Should I Put My Baby Up for Adoption?”

Pregnant woman wonders, 'should I adopt out my baby?'If you’ve just started to research the process of adoption for your baby, you might feel overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. Luckily, you’re not alone. With some guidance, you’ll be able to decide what’s best for you and your baby.
 
Today, we’re describing the steps to take as you decide if adoption’s best for your baby:
 

1. Visit a Doctor

As soon as you think that you’re pregnant, visit your doctor or OB/GYN to make sure. They can also help you learn how your pregnancy is doing. Whether or not you choose adoption, you should start by caring for yourself and your baby.
 
The first few months of pregnancy are really important to your baby’s development. Since your body will be changing a lot, it’s essential that you start to take care of yourself as soon as possible. Your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for yourself and your baby during your pregnancy.
 

2. Contact an Adoption Professional

Understanding how adoption works will be the first step in your decision-making process. An adoption professional will provide you with information, help you create a plan, and ask you what your needs are during your pregnancy. If you’re still on the fence about adoption, an adoption professional can provide you with all the information you need to make a decision. Call or text Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784 to learn more.
 

3. Create an Adoption Plan

Your Adoption Coordinator will explain all of your options, and help you decide how you’d like your adoption to go. They’ll help you plan your labor and delivery experience, your hospital stay, and direct you to programs if you need help with medical costs and living expenses. Your adoption professional will get your medical history, the medical history of your baby’s father, and ask you questions about what you’re hoping for in adoption. At Lifetime Adoption, you’re able to receive both third-party counseling and peer counseling.
 

4. Choose Your Style of Adoption

There are three different styles of relationships you can have with the adoptive family: open, semi-open and closed. You have the choice to decide the type and amount of contact you’d like to have with them after you place your baby in their home. Some women decide that updates through pictures and emails once a year is enough, but others choose more contact through annual in-person visits. The style of adoption relationship you’ll have with your child and his or her adoptive family is up to you.
 
Woman browses adoptive family profiles online

5. Select Your Baby’s Adoptive Parents

Many pregnant women making an adoption plan appreciate having the power to choose the couple who will raise their child. The adoption professional will send you information about adoptive families, including their careers, faith, hobbies, parenting style, and enthusiasm to become parents through adoption.
 
You can even start looking at potential adoptive parents online at any time! Visit LifetimeAdoption.com/find-a-family to see hopeful adoptive parents’ profiles online.
 
Once you see an adoptive family that “clicks” with you, we encourage you to have a phone conversation with them. During the call, you can get to know the couple better and let them know your wishes for the adoption process. Feel free to discuss any questions, thoughts or concerns you may have.
 

6. Welcome Your Baby

Before you give birth, your Adoption Coordinator will encourage you to think about how you want your birth plan to go. Once you go into labor, notify your adoption professional right away. They’ll contact the adoptive family you’ve chosen.
 
After you deliver, you have the right to spend as much time as you need to with your baby. You’ll likely be allowed to leave the hospital within 72 hours. Depending on your state, you might even sign relinquishment papers before you go.
 

7. Preparing for Life After Placement

Most women find that they need counseling after placement since adoption is a lifelong choice. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will help you work through your feelings and prepare you for the many emotions you’ll face.
 
Getting in touch with other mothers who chose adoption for their baby has helped many women. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will put you in contact with other women who have been in your shoes. Since they’ve also placed, a peer counselor can let you know what to expect and provide you with helpful tips.
 
If you chose an open adoption relationship, you’ll also have the adoptive family’s support and be able to see your child grow up. With open adoption, placement isn’t a “good-bye” forever, but the start of a beautiful relationship between you, your child, and the family you chose.
 
 
Are you thinking about adoption for your baby? Call or text Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784. Requesting info on adoption or browsing profiles doesn’t mean you have to complete the adoption process.

Get Our Advice on Telling Your Parents of Your Pregnancy

Need advice on telling your parents you're pregnant?“I really need some advice. I am 16 and pregnant. My boyfriend is 17 and he’s the only person who knows about it.
 
I’m 8 weeks along and haven’t gone to a doctor yet. I am so scared to tell anyone, especially my parents.
 
I’m dreading the idea of telling them because I come from a well-educated family of ­doctors and teachers. I’m an honor student and plan on becoming a doctor myself. Everyone’s expectations of me are high and having a baby would disappoint everyone.
 
I thought about getting an abortion, but my parents are totally against that and very religious.
 
I am scared and in a huge state of denial. I need some advice. Please help. Thanks for listening to my problem.”

 
 
We know you’re probably so frightened. You might have even rehearsed what to say over and over again. Remember, you and your boyfriend are both pregnant. This is not just your problem.
 
In our experience, telling is one of the hardest parts, but the sooner, the better. Once the news is out, a lot of pressure and fear lessens. Families begin to accept the reality of the pregnancy. They look at the options and make new plans. Early, good prenatal care is an essential part.
 
Breaking the news can be done in several ways. It’s better to choose some time that would allow them to digest this news. You can tell them alone or together with your boyfriend.
 
Your parents are not the only parents to be informed. Your boyfriend may ask you to go with him to tell his folks. You must decide which parents to tell first.
 
I don’t know your exact age difference, but that could prove to be a legal problem for your boyfriend. The more responsibly he acts, the better off all of you will be. I assume your parents know this guy’s age and have allowed you to date him.
 
You don’t have to give up your dreams, but they will take a back seat for a while. Both of your lives will change. Take some time to explore your options, including becoming a parent, getting an abortion, or making an adoption plan.

What Will My Period Be Like After I Have My Baby?

shopping for pads and tamponsDuring pregnancy, your menstrual cycle goes on hiatus. When it resumes, it’s good to be prepared for some changes.
 
The biggest reward of pregnancy is going to be your adorable newborn baby. But if you’re like many moms-to-be, another huge bonus is that you no longer get your period. Wondering when will it return, and how will it be different?
 
Keep reading to learn more about your post-baby period!
 

When Will I Get My Period Again?

Whether or not you breastfeed will be the most significant factor affecting when you’ll get your period again. Prolactin, the hormone that produces breast milk, suppresses ovulation. If you don’t plan on breastfeeding, you can expect your period to return around 4 to 8 weeks after post-birth. For women who breast-and formula-feed, it could take anywhere from a few weeks to months for their period to return. If you’re breastfeeding exclusively, it’s normal not to menstruate for six months or longer. Many new moms have found that they don’t get their first period until after they stop breastfeeding.
 

Can I Get Pregnant Without It?

Just because you’re not having your period doesn’t mean there’s no risk of pregnancy. Some women find this out the hard way and are already pregnant again at their six-week postpartum visit!
 
Ovulation happens before menstruation. Once you ovulate, you’re fertile, so you could get pregnant even if you haven’t had a period yet. This is true for nursing moms too, so it’s not wise to rely on breastfeeding as a form of contraception.
 
Make sure to use another method of birth control. Ask your doctor about which form of birth control would work best for you because some aren’t recommended for nursing moms. For example, birth control pills that have estrogen might interfere with breast-milk production. So, the estrogen-free “mini-pill” may be a better choice.
 

Will My Periods Be the Same?

Every woman is different; your period may change a little, a lot, or stay the same. Your post-baby period could be longer or shorter, heavier or lighter, and even how long it lasts could be different.
 
You might also experience increased or decreased cramping since your uterus grows during pregnancy, then it shrinks after you deliver. Your endometrial lining (which sheds during a period) has to remodel itself as it goes through these changes. This process happens with each pregnancy, so you might notice changes in your period after each baby.
 
If you’d been on hormonal birth control before you got pregnant, your period might be heavier after childbirth. This is because of hormonal contraceptives thinning the endometrial lining. If you give birth via a vaginal delivery, a tampon might sit differently or feel different. But typically, most women don’t need to size up their tampons. As time passes, using a tampon should feel as natural as it did before.
 

How Will I Know if Something’s Wrong?

With your first post-baby period, you can expect some heavier bleeding and increased cramping. But alert your doctor if you need to change your tampon or pad every hour or more. It might be a sign of an infection, fibroids, or polyps.
 
Also, contact your doctor if you skip a period after menstruation has restarted; have a period that lasts longer than seven days or contain clots larger than a quarter; spotting between periods; or if you haven’t gotten a period three months after childbirth or three months after you stop breastfeeding.

Try These 10 Essential Life Hacks for Your Pregnancy

Discover 10 life hacks for your pregnancyWhen you’re pregnant, your body and needs will change quickly. Same goes for the urge to buy every remedy that promises sweet relief. To help you save some money, we’re sharing 10 of our favorite life hacks for your pregnancy. Once your baby is born it’ll be nice not to have a box full of pregnancy gear gathering dust!

1. Try Kinesio Tape for Back Pain

Kinesiology tape can serve the same role as a supportive belly band, but it’s much cheaper. Make sure to have a chiropractor or physical therapist tape you the first time, so you know how. You can wear the tape for up to 5 days!

2. Cooking Oils for Itching Skin

If you run out of your favorite baby belly oil, just raid your kitchen! Coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil can do the trick. Smear on whatever oil you have after your shower for that pregnancy glow.

3. Turn Your Sneakers Into Slip-Ons

Your workout shoes provide you with lots of cushioned support during your pregnancy! Get more use out of them by swapping out your laces for elastic ones, so you can avoid having to bend over to tie your laces.

4. Ask Alexa What Meds are Safe for You

When you’re pregnant, Siri and Alexa can become your new BFFs. One simple spot to check what meds are safe for you to use during pregnancy is the MommyMeds app. It was developed by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and has a doctor-approved database.

5. Make an Everyday ‘Emergency’ Bag

Sure, your focus might be on packing your hospital bag, but there are everyday necessities you’ll need before then. You can make a simple kit for your purse, so you’re always prepared. You might fill it with snacks, antacids, ginger candies, and anything else you need to get through a rough day.

6. Schedule Your Prenatal Appointments Now

It’s easy to forget to make appointments for your glucose screening or 34-week appointment because of pregnancy brain. Schedule them all at once so you can plan ahead for asking time off work. Plus, you’ll know exactly when the next ones are scheduled. And here’s a pro hack: try to book each appointment on the same day of the week at the same time.

7. Stock Up on Your Cravings

Fill your cupboards and fridge with pregnancy craving staples like ice cream, pickles, ginger beer, and french fries. That way when you get an urge, your partner doesn’t have to schlep to the gas station at 11 pm.

8. Trick Yourself into Getting Hydrated

Many women get to a point where peeing so frequently makes them want to stop drinking water entirely! Instead, get hydrated without even knowing it by eating foods that have a high water content like watermelon, strawberries, or cucumbers.

9. Tend to Swollen Feet With Salt

Giving your feet a good soak in Epsom salt does wonders to tame pregnancy bloat. Get a bucket or large bowl, fill it with salt and warm water and voila! Your feet will feel so much better.

10. Keep Snacks on your Nightstand

This is our favorite hack for pregnancy nausea! Keep crackers, granola bars or another non-perishable snack in your nightstand drawer. When you first wake up, chomp on some crackers to stave away that barfy, nauseous feeling.