Postpartum odor? Am I crazy?

Mary Renee - posted on 06/13/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello,



I just turned 24 last week and 6 weeks ago I had my first baby. This was my first pregnancy, and I'm still bleeding a little bit but I hear that's normal.



My question is kind of an embarassing one, but I feel like I smell more than I did prior to having a baby. Is this hormone related? I've been using the same anti-persperiant/deodorant for like three years and suddenly it just doesn't last as long. I take a shower and I feel like six hours later I want to take another and also, I don't even smell the same. Before I was pregnant if I forgot to wear deodorant I'd hardly notice I smelled very mild and now it's a completely different smell. On a more embarassing note, I feel like I have "other" odor and I never had that before. Again, is this pregnancy/postpartum/hormone related, or is this just an aspect of growing older, or is it just me?



Did anyone else notice this after they had children?



p.s. I don't know if it's relevant, but I'm exclusively breastfeeding, and I tore in two places during delivery (but they were small tears)

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Chantal - posted on 06/15/2010

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I have a 4 year old. I noticed the odour difference too. I am not sure if it is actually a difference or if your sense of smell is totally changed on a permanent basis as I still notice smells ALL smells, not just mine. I am pregnant again (near 13 weeks) and it is all the same.

Sydni - posted on 06/15/2010

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No, you are most definitely not alone! I had 2 miscarriages a couple yrs ago & now have a 6 mo old daughter...I noticed that I was smelling different after the FIRST preg & it has continued to this day! Maybe b/c my hormones have never regulated properly or some other reason but I tried Dove CLINICAL deod & that has helped some & I sometimes use 2 at once!! I think I will try the Nivea that Karen recomended & see how that works too? Guess it's just part of the miracle??

Mary Renee - posted on 06/14/2010

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Oh my goodness ladies, thanks so much for responding, I thought I might be the only one!

My skin is definetly more oily and breastfeeding does kind of make me feel really hot (I also live in Hawaii, so that's probably a factor). On top of that it doesn't help that I get spit up on at least once a day!

Thanks again everyone!

Karen - posted on 06/14/2010

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my friend and i were just talking about this a couple of days ago! she has two children and said she's had that problem since she had her first three years ago, as well i have had the problem since i got pregnant with my DS. i was just about at the end of my rope (after trying every brand of deoderant out there) when i noticed nivea came out with one....and voila! i've been using it for a week and it seems to be working! i mentioned it to my friend , she went out and bought it as well and says it's working for her as well! might be a brand for you to try as well! but no, you're definately not alone!!

Sarah - posted on 06/14/2010

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I am bottle feeding only, and am 5 weeks post partum, and was just thinking the same thing..I have a three year old too, so not only do you barely have time to get dressed in the day, you now have B.O... know that you are not alone, i feel like i am constantly putting deodorant on, and really oily.. I think it is hormonal, cause i had it with my daughter, it does fade away.. Hormones take longer than all the books say to level out i think.. I agree with the "other" odor too, your body just needs time!!! don't stress about, if you feel like you have to take 15 showers, take 15 showers..

Sarah - posted on 06/14/2010

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I know what you mean, I'm also breastfeeding and during the first few months i'd feel like I needed to take a shower sometimes twice a day... I didn't notice bad smells really but just felt my skin was hot and sticky and my hair got oily fast. My mom said she felt the same way when breastfeeding. Its much better now, my baby is 6 months and i haven't felt that way for a while.

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