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post #61 of 76

I stopped wearing deodorant when I found out I was pregnant the first time.  I have never smelled worse in my life.  I swear that my body was ridding itself of toxins or something.  Then I didn't want anything on my underarms when I was nursing b/c of proximity to the breast.  So I basically haven't used deodorant for 6 years now.  It seems like I go through phases of smelling just awful and other times I don't at all.  I find it very strange.  I wondered if I'd have the same detox horrible odor with the start of this pregnancy, but this time I seem less smelly than usual.  On special occasions I use the unscented Tom's of Maine -- the only natural deodorant that doesn't make me smell worse than I did originally.

post #62 of 76

I had my ultrasound today! We got to see a tiny flickering heartbeat! I am measuring where I should be, which is reassuring. I also have a large (4cm) cyst on my right ovary, but it isn't a problem at this point. And I have a fibroid inside my uterus near the cervix - I'm hoping it will shrink & not block my cervix later. They will check these things at my 12wk ultrasound. 

 

I tried to wear natural deodorant last winter and my (terrible) coworkers passive-aggressively complained/bullied me about how I smelled (which was natural, rather than covered in the chemical scents they put on multiple times a day at their desks). So now I just wear unscented antiperspirant during the week & I'm gonna go back to wearing natural stuff on the weekends. I've heard good things about Oyin Funk Butter and I might try it for myself. I tried making my own before & ended up with irritated armpits. 

post #63 of 76

I just saw this pop up and had to comment.  My husband hasn't worn anything under his arms in years, and he converted me.  On really hot days where I care what I smell like, I will sometimes brush a little plain baking soda under them.  The rest of the time I use nothing, and have found that I smell so much better without it thn I ever did with it.  I sweat less than I used to, too.  I had the same experience when I stopped using shampoo - my hair got really greasy for a while, then it leveled out, and now it's really curly and nice.  Water only, sometimes a little baking soda dissolved in a lot of water.  Baking soda water only for washing.  I don't miss any of the chemicals, and I'm sure my little embryo doesn't, either.

post #64 of 76

I'm a little stressed out. Dh and I had a few errands to run early this evening and by the end he was tired and irritable. We started bickering about the way he was driving and I guess it's the hormones because I got really, unusually, upset. We seldom fight, so I don't know if that was it or what, but it took me a long time to calm down and I still feel on edge. I have been so relaxed since getting my bfp and now I am worried about how this sudden stress could be affecting me. I need to be aware of this sort of reaction in the future, I guess, but I feel so sucky now :( I just want to go back to my happy, relaxed self of a few hours ago.

post #65 of 76

I've been shampoo free for about 7 years now myself. It's so much better for dry and/or curly hair! Really, I think it's better for all hair, but I know it's harder for people who are prone to greasy hair to go totally shampoo free, though the reason they go greasy is generally because they over-strip their hair with shampoo in the first place! lol.gif

post #66 of 76
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Originally Posted by ainh View Post

I stopped wearing deodorant when I found out I was pregnant the first time.  I have never smelled worse in my life.  I swear that my body was ridding itself of toxins or something.  Then I didn't want anything on my underarms when I was nursing b/c of proximity to the breast.  So I basically haven't used deodorant for 6 years now.  It seems like I go through phases of smelling just awful and other times I don't at all.  I find it very strange.  I wondered if I'd have the same detox horrible odor with the start of this pregnancy, but this time I seem less smelly than usual.  On special occasions I use the unscented Tom's of Maine -- the only natural deodorant that doesn't make me smell worse than I did originally.



 



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Originally Posted by FeralFox View Post

I just saw this pop up and had to comment.  My husband hasn't worn anything under his arms in years, and he converted me.  On really hot days where I care what I smell like, I will sometimes brush a little plain baking soda under them.  The rest of the time I use nothing, and have found that I smell so much better without it thn I ever did with it.  I sweat less than I used to, too.  I had the same experience when I stopped using shampoo - my hair got really greasy for a while, then it leveled out, and now it's really curly and nice.  Water only, sometimes a little baking soda dissolved in a lot of water.  Baking soda water only for washing.  I don't miss any of the chemicals, and I'm sure my little embryo doesn't, either.


I made the switch to nothing when I realized that no matter what I used, natural or not, I still stunk really bad. My body does NOT like anything on my underarms. I went through a massive detox when I got pregnant with my daughter in '06, detoxing on top of hormonal changes from pregnancy does not make for good body odor, lol. That said, if I shower daily or every other day I have very little funk. None of my friends (and trust me they would) have ever said I stink... the only person that has said anything was my cousin but it had been 3 full days since the last time I bathed, I'm willing to bet that anybody even someone who does wear deo would stink. I prefer to be deo free and natural smelling. :) Sometimes I use a little patchouli on my pulse points if I know it's hot and humid out to cut down on any sort of fragrance I may have. ;)

 

post #67 of 76

I'm not necessarily limiting caffeine and I'm okay with that. I'm limiting as far as what feels good to me. Meaning I went from 4-5 cups in the morning to 2 cups b/c it just doesn't feel good, not the caffeine part, just anything on my stomach in the morning doesn't feel good. I love coffee though, and I don't feel bad about it. I don't need it for energy as I have a very high natural energy rate. (I know this from the many times in my life that I have gone off caffeine for various reasons. As well as just knowing myself very well).  But I love everything about it. The smell, the taste, the ritual. And I'm just not afraid of it. There are other things I'm much more concerned about then caffeine, especially while pregnant. I do tend to limit it while breastfeeding though for the babes sake of not being wired and unable to sleep. If I sense that's a prob. in utero too, then I'll cut back even more.

Sometimes I have a cup of tea in the afternoon,sometimes I don't. It seems to mostly be a morning ritual experience for me.

post #68 of 76

ainh - when you say detox, what do you mean? Was it what you were eating and drinking or do you think it was from being preggers?

post #69 of 76

I actually was out of my house and doing things past 7:30 this weekend. I'm pretty impressed with myself. lol.gif

My husband took me to the ballet on Friday. It was lovely. I was nervous I wouldn't make it through it though b/c I was hugely yawning before it even started. And in all honesty, I kept thinking, "I'd rather be home asleep."  But once it started I really got into it and enjoyed it. But when it was over I told husband to get me home so I could go to sleep pronto! And that's what I did; I walked in the house, got into jammies and fell right into bed. Hey, it was around 10:00. I haven't seen that time of night in a couple of weeks! teehee.

 

And last night I took my boys to two parties. A kids bday party (during which I felt crappy the whole time greensad.gif) and then a Winter Solstice party. We enjoyed the bonfire and the party. I enjoyed the food for the most part. But once again when we got home, dh took boys and put them to bed and I took myself straight to bed.

 

Come January, I'm going to have to kick it into high gear with work and it will require me staying up past 8 pm! We'll see how that goes...

post #70 of 76

My cousin just told me she's pregnant... and I was trying to hint that I was, too, but she didn't pick up on it. I figure that's my sign not to totally spill the beans. She's not telling anybody yet, either... just messaged me to ask if I had any senses about her and the pregnancy. I am pretty muted lately which is normal for me at this point in pregnancy (not to mention the very intense stress the past few months leading up to this). Anyhoo... trying to not feel sick as I sit here as it only gets progressively worse as the day progresses.

post #71 of 76

Demeter- when is your cousin due? Also an August baby? That would be fun for you both, maybe?

post #72 of 76
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Originally Posted by IntuitiveJamie View Post

Demeter- when is your cousin due? Also an August baby? That would be fun for you both, maybe?


Yes, also an August babe. :) It will be fun... I have some mild hesitation telling her I am, too, the more I think about it. My last two pregnancies she's also conceived and then lost the baby... so I think I'm going to sit quiet for just a little longer so as not to scare her. :)

 

post #73 of 76

Demeter - Sending some sticky vibes to your cousin.  I hope you both get to grow big bellies together.  Oh, and props on having your 5th - I am aiming for 5, so you'll have to tell me what it's like!

 

Jamie - I'm a huge ballet fan myself.  What did you see?

 

We went to our Yule celebration yesterday, but I had to leave after only 3 hours (it was a overnight vigil, and I was sorry to miss so much of it) because of my exhaustion.  I wish I could just get m/s, and skip this exhaustion!

 

 

post #74 of 76

LOL... Having 5 is grand, overwhelming at times but I love it... this will be my 6th >.> I should probably change my signature again.

post #75 of 76
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Originally Posted by Thebyr View Post

ainh - when you say detox, what do you mean? Was it what you were eating and drinking or do you think it was from being preggers?



No, I wasn't doing a detox, but somehow it felt like my body was expunging all sorts of craziness (in the form of smell).  It was probably just the fact that I stopped using deodorant after years of wearing it though, as it hasn't happened in any subsequent pregnancy.  :)

post #76 of 76
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Originally Posted by ainh View Post



No, I wasn't doing a detox, but somehow it felt like my body was expunging all sorts of craziness (in the form of smell).  It was probably just the fact that I stopped using deodorant after years of wearing it though, as it hasn't happened in any subsequent pregnancy.  :)



Your body was purging the deodorant (fragrances, chemicals, etc) through your pits.. I experienced the same thing. :) It took a few months for me to balance out.

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