wewomen Newsletter
Early pregnancy symptoms

Enhanced sense of smell

 

Yet another side effect of the huge flood of hormones in your system is an enhanced sense of smell.

Even when not pregnant, psychologist Neil Martin says, "there is a wealth of scientific data showing women's superiority at identifying and detecting odours at even very small concentrations."

It's thought that when we become pregnant we're even more sensitive to smell... and it's not necessarily a good thing.

Smells you liked can suddenly make you gag and feel nauseous. Perfumes, tea and coffee are the worse culprits but even freshly mowed grass can have women retching.

Fortunately this symptom seems to wear off during the second trimester.


Full list of early pregnancy symptoms

Missed period Feeling pregnant Sore breasts General fatigue Dizziness or fainting
Bloating and weight gain Food cravings or aversions Frequent urination
Enhanced sense of smell
Heartburn and constipation Mood swings and irritability
Higher than normal body temperature Discharge Spotting, light bleeding (Implantation bleeding) Lower back pain
 





  
  


Parenting Editor
2011/05/17
Rank this page: 

Don't miss...
Celebrity Men with GlassesIndulgent chocolate cocktails
Oscars 2014 Vanity Fair Bash: Our Fav LooksCelebrity silver foxes: hot men with grey hair
Latest… 2016/12/06
Guides
Videos
Travelling while pregnant
Everything you need to know about your waters breaking
A difficult mother daughter relationship?
Water birth: Is it right for you?
See all Parenting guides
Video: Dr Chris Steele on preparing for pregnancy
See all Parenting videos