I Stink.

September 19th, 2011 by Dionna | 46 Comments
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"Stinky!"

Oy. I have gotten to the point in my pregnancy where I stink.

My Pits Stink

My pits stink. I thought it was because I just switched deodorants, but no, it’s because I’m 30 weeks pregnant and my body has gone haywire.

I went many days this summer without any deodorant at all, and I did not stink as much in the summer heat as I do in the 55 degree fall weather we’re currently enjoying.

I tried on a maternity shirt at a store this morning, and I felt *bad* for the clerk who had to fold it back up correctly. (I’m so, so sorry, clerk! I actually showered, shaved, and applied deodorant this morning!)

My Nether Regions Stink

When I was pregnant with Kieran, I remember diligently applying baby powder every morning of my third trimester when I put my undies on. Because I stunk. Not because (as I thought at the time) I’d gained a lot of weight and my thighs were in constant contact.

The baby powder didn’t help much, by the way.

This time around I’ve gained much less than I did with Kieran – my thighs are neighborly, but they aren’t attached – and I still stink.

I’m sweaty for no good reason, and it’s stinky, stinky sweat.

And even worse – it doesn’t matter much what I eat, everything somehow comes out making Tom and Kieran wish we owned gas masks.

I. Stink.

And I know it’s not just me – one of my favorite discussions ever on a forum was in my first “due date club” – where we all admitted how stinky we were. The stink came in different forms and in different strengths, but it was pretty universal. (If you’re pregnant and need a laugh, seriously, read that linked thread.)

So . . . I’m outing myself here now. I know several of you out there are pregnant with me – have you hit a stinky stage yet?

And if you’re not pregnant and stinky, feel free to share your own embarrassing tidbit, if only to make us preggos feel better.

46 Responses to:
"I Stink."

  1. Kate

    I’m 34 and a half weeks (but who’s counting ;) and I seem to have gotten over the hump of the armpit stinkies only to have run straight into the stinky gas stage in the last few days. This has combined nicely with the return of super sensitive first trimester pregnancy nose btw.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Isn’t it nice to know that it’s not just you, though? I remember thinking the first time around that I must be the most disgusting pregnant woman in the world. Now I know it’s just a side effect – *why* that’s a side effect of pregnancy, I have no clue. I’d be curious to know about the evolutionary advantage of being stinky whilst pregnant ;)

    • The stinkies AND sensitive sniffer return? OMG, you poor dear! That sucks.

      • Kate

        I’ve always had a super sensitive nose (I got it from my mom) which has desensitized me to a degree so “bad” smells don’t tend to bother me as much as other people but this is a whole new level. I actually had to clean out the fridge this weekend because the smell (which no one else could detect) was making me wince every time I opened the door.

      • Dionna   CodeNameMama

        Kate – I was like that in the first trimester, but I made Tom clean out the fridge so I wouldn’t retch ;)

  2. Jessica

    Maybe the stinkiness is to keep predators away, thereby protecting the unborn baby? Kind of like a skunk. :-)

  3. Christa

    I remember this with my first. I had BO so bad that for the first time in a couple of years I had to wear deodorant and I’m not sure if it helped! I’m 33 weeks with my second and haven’t noticed yet if I stink… don’t think so, haha

  4. I do not recall getting any funny smells during my first two pregnancies, though I did notice with #2 & #3 that my nether regions didn’t smell like MY nether regions. They took on a new smell.

    With #3 & #4, my pits STINK. Deodorant does not seem to help and I was not lucky enough to wait until 30 weeks for it to hit. I don’t know if it was instantaneous with conception, but it seems like it has been for the entire pregnancy.

    My poor husband! (Sometimes he hands me the deodorant!) Oh, and I wear MEN’s deodorant, so it seems like it should be stiff enough to kick it, right?

    And boy am I looking forward to coming to visit NOW! LOL – maybe you should have waited until after for announcing your stinkiness. hahahaha

  5. Amy   Peace4Parents

    Um… I don’t use deodorant, ever. LOL I suppose that may allow some people to prepare themselves for my … presence …

    So I’m with you.

    On the “why” of increased odor in pregnancy, I do like Jessica’s theory.

    I feel also that it’s due to an increase of the body eliminating toxins. As the baby grows and more energy is needed to grow the baby, the mom has less room for stuff that isn’t serving her and the baby’s well being.

    In addition, the chemistry is now not only the mother’s but also the baby’s. The body is working double. So give it (you) a break and consider an alternate perspective on the process of elimination through the pores. It is for the health of you and your baby. :)

    If you want to work with it – increase water consumption, fresh fruits and veggies, decrease foods that don’t work with your particular body, and talk to your HCP about including chlorophyll.

  6. Amy   Peace4Parents

    The other part of this, of course, is that in our culture we feel that this odor is “stinky” where in other cultures it is not experienced as offensive. Now, I realize we are where we are, but stretching the norms is not something we are particularly unfamiliar with. This ought be no exception. ;)

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      See, I don’t wear deodorant all the time either, and I actually *like* the smell of (light) BO. I might just be strange, but I agree, it’s not the cultural norm at all.

      • Oh I’m with you there! I often forget deodorant or would rather go without it. I don’t like for my man to walk up to hug me with a fresh dose of deodorant. I’d rather smell a little natural stink! But I’m VERY sensitive to perfumes even when I’m not pregnant. They can literally make me ill (not to mention choke!).

  7. Leah

    I don’t know why I never made the connection sooner. I just figured it was something I ate. Ha! I don’t get particularly stinky, but I have noticed a difference from time to time and it totally has to do with pregnancy/birth/nursing.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Interesting – so you find that the stinkiness continues into nursing? Hmm – either my sniffer stopped working, or I’m just not remembering.
      Although, another theory – our unique mama scent could be one way that our babes identify us. I vividly remember Kieran’s fresh from the womb newborn scent (that I refused to wash off for weeks) – and it *did* smell similar to my light BO. Hmmm….

  8. Christy @ Adventures in Mommyhood   MommyOutnumber

    OH MY GOSH! I cannot stop giggling. I am not laughing AT you but WITH you :) I can so remember thta, and it seems to get worse with each pregnancy! At least it did for me. I barely noticed it with my 1st. By my 3rd I was stinky within minutes of showering. I spent a lot of time in the bath those last few weeks, just soaking in the tub. Not because it felt good but because I was stinky. And you know how the rule goes, if you smell stinky to yourself imagine how stinky you are to others (or does that only apply to poop? LOL).

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Maybe that’s what it is – maybe it’s worse this time around, because I feel far more self-conscious about it! And I was working outside the home last time!!

  9. Rachael   RachaelNevins

    Oh, no — something else to worry about? I do not remember this aspect of pregnancy….

  10. I actually dont remember getting stinky until a few weeks postpartum! The first 6 months of my baby’s life, no matter what I did, within a few hours, I smelled like a skunk sprayed me while I was standing in a sweatbox with 3 dozen dudes. Poor hubby, and poor baby having her face in my stinky armpit in bed while side-lying nursing!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Rachael and Phrynozoid – maybe you are just two of the lucky ones who don’t stink during pregnancy ;)
      (Although I must admit, I’m glad I don’t smell skunky lol)

  11. teresa   momgrooves

    Congratulations on the stink! It sure comes with a great reward.
    I don’t remember that at all. I almost feel like I missed out on being in this club… I suppose I shouldn’t mind missing out on the “stinky club.”
    I just can’t wait to see what this new stink brings out of you.
    I’m living vicariously through all of you having second children.
    and p.s. thank you so much for helping me on facebook. I feel so supported. xoxoxo

  12. Erika @NAMAmmaSTE   NAMAmmaSTE

    I don’t remember that stage of pregnancy last time. I remember feeling like I always smelled good the first two trimesters. I’m not surprised I don’t remember that part considering I blocked most of the third trimester out because of all the wonderful discomforts.

    As for me, I’m just entering my second trimester. I actually felt surprisingly stinky throughout most of my first tri this time. I also remember having really clear skin last time, which is not the case this time. Is it me or is the second time around less comfortable the whole time?

    • Erika @NAMAmmaSTE   NAMAmmaSTE

      Also, you made me laugh :)

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      It’s so funny how different each pregnancy is – for me, I had bad skin with #1, and my face didn’t cloud up at all with #2 – for that I have been thankful!
      As far as comfort, I think I feel better this time around, but I’m also more knowledgeable – I’m eating better (well, I’m not eating as much junk), I’m doing more yoga (or at least I was until I started all these home improvement projects), and my saving grace – I’ve been going to the chiropractor. I’d highly recommend one, btw, if you’re having back pain ;)

  13. Amy

    I have always thought that the extra sweat and/or body odour comes from a combination of more toxins to eliminate (because you’re eliminating baby’s, too) as well as a different hormonal balance (I usually sweat more mid-menstrual cycle, too). The smell probably serves to let others know that you are present and/or pregnant for a myriad of biological reasons, including protection from predators or to let males of the species know you already have a bun in the oven or so other members of the species help protect you, etc.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Very good points Amy! (an aside – when I was heavily pregnant with Kieran, I walked into a store (ok, it was Walmart) one day and some (unsavory-looking) dude by the doors said, “hey baby, you got a man?” . . . uhhh, yep. I do. But thank you for being the ONLY human being to hit on me while pregnant.)

  14. The last time I was pregnant, I began at some point to smell like an Indian restaurant. The truly unfortunate thing was that I had not eaten at an Indian restaurant.

  15. Alicia C.   amccrenshaw

    :D You are the second blogger today who has reminded me why I should be thankful that I will not be having anymore children! I went through the same thing when I was pregnant with Little Guy. And, then, right after giving birth, I sweated out all of the extra water weight and stank even more. I was surprised my little guy didn’t hold his nose while nursing – or just flat-out refuse.
    But, here’s a look on the bright side for you:
    Many people deal with being stinky all of the time. Nothing they do will change how bad their BO is. You know that in just a few short months, you will be able to take a shower and smell good for the rest of the day (unless you get spit-up down your back, but that’s another story!)

    Anyway, thanks for making my decision to stop having beautiful, sweet little babies sound like a good one. I’ve recently been feeling that urge and there’s NO WAY I could consider it a possibility. THANK YOU!

  16. Jenn   LadyJKL

    omgosh – i was just thinking this morning – is that me? but i couldn’t accurately determine if it was my pits stinking or somewhere else! LOL. i’m 30 1/2 wks right now. phew, so glad i’m not the only one!

  17. CurlyMonkeyMama   curlymonkey_

    Your post (and the comments) made me laugh! I am with you (baby #3, 21 weeks) Sigh!…

  18. I’m certainly stinkier then normal, but no one has mentioned it yet. My problem has been that I am burping constantly, like I’m full of carbonation. I feel very self conscious about it.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Ha – I read that first as you’re “bumping” constantly, and I was all – yeah! Me too! I’m so clumsy and bump into everything! ;)
      But yes, I do burp more often, especially if I don’t eat smallish meals.

  19. Cady

    This post is hilarious. Thank you for sharing so openly! It’s part of what keeps me coming back to read all the time, your sharing of yourself and your adorable (and growing!) family.

    I’m wondering if you’ve considered going without soap?

    You’re probably thinking that sounds crazy. You stink so you need more soap, right? No. Honest. I swear!

    My family and I started a “no soap” routine in January. We don’t stink. We do use soap to wash hands during food prep and after diaper changes, etc., but no soap when we shower or bathe, just the sponge/wash cloth and water. I even shave my legs without soap and after the initial adjustment, I actually find I get a closer shave.

    It does take a few weeks for your skin to even out and adjust to producing less oil (soap dries skin out, putting oil production into overdrive). Since you’re having “stinky” issues, it might sound like a crazy time to try it and go through an adjustment… but then again, if you’re washing and still stink, why not just go for it now??

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      That is SUCH an interesting idea, Cady! And it’s not that crazy, I’ve heard of it before :) You’re right though, this would be the time to try – ha! I’ll let you know ;)

  20. Jenn

    This is hilarious and so true!!
    I have been reading the mothering.com thread and am beside myself with laughter!
    hang in there, I am in my 7th week (with #2) and I am sure those days are on their way!!

  21. Tammy

    I believe the stink once the baby is born so they know who mamma is. A babies eyesight isn’t great but their smell is amazing and our bodies help it along with producing extra smell. I have been stinky since having my son this past Novemeber. I noticed because I never wear deotarent and don’t smell usual. But since having him I have been stinky so much so that my husband has requested that I wash my arm pits in the shower. Which I never have before.

  22. Lauren @ Hobo Mama   Hobo_Mama

    Oh, I was sooo stinky down yonder. I had to change my underpants at least twice a day, just to spare myself the cringing. And then postpartum? This time around, my lochia smelled. (We can talk frankly, right? Good.) To the point that I looked up symptoms of infection, just to make sure. But, nope, all was well — just stinky!

  23. Lacey Jane   LaceyJane

    I’m 12 weeks pregnant and I am quite stinky. Like I try hard not to raise up my arms under any circumstance. Glad to know I’m not alone :)!!!

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