1. Hypersensitivity to odors. Certain strong smells—garlic, fish, or coffee—may ” go right to your stomach,” and trigger instant nausea. Some pregnant women complain that usual household odors that didn’t bother them pre-pregnancy become intensely Unpleasant.
- The family dog may smell more “doggy.”
- A favorite perfume may turn your stomach.
- Favorite foods—broccoli, cauliflower, and fish—may set off the gag response.
- Normal masculine odors of your husband may repulse you.
2. Aversion to certain foods. Sometimes you will be unable to eat certain foods (meat, greens, milk) without gagging. At other times, only a few foods are palatable. Chances are your “cravings” will actually be for the few things you can stand to eat.
3. Afternoon, evening, or midnight sickness. The intestinal upsets of pregnancy can occur at anytime of the day or night and in any month of your pregnancy. The most common feelings include slight seasickness, feelings of breathlessness, dizziness, a sense of being suffocated, the dry heaves, and the full-blown whoopsies.
4. Constipation. Pregnancy hormones slow the action of your intestines. The slowing of your intestines plus their competition with the expanding uterus for room to work may leave you feeling constipated.