So you all know how when your pregnant people do some crazy things like eat chalk and what not well with my 1 pregnancy towards the end I started to smell well sniff nail polish actually, cause it just smelt sooo good to me, and I wasn't really sure if it could harm the baby or not cause i wasn't drinking it . well it turned out she was perfectly healthy and after I had her I didn't have the need to sniff it like that anymore, but i'm pregnant agian and i'm back to sniffing nail polish and I alson love sniffing like alchol and purrel hand sanitizer and just any cleaning items like pine sol and stuff. I still dont know id it can cause any birth defects or anything really so thats why I'm asking you all for advice. please help...!!!!

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Jenni - posted on 04/09/2011

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You need to either stop or seek addiction counselling. That is incredibly dangerous to yours and your unborn babies' health. Regular abuse of inhalants can cause serious damage to major organs, including the brain, liver, heart, kidneys, and lungs. However, even a single session of repeated inhalations can lead to cardiac arrest and death by altering normal heart rhythms or by preventing enough oxygen from entering the lungs, causing suffocation.



Get help if you can't stop, that is not normal pregnancy cravings.

User - posted on 03/28/2012

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I have smell cravings too with all three of my pregnancies you are not alone and you are not addicted. I would refrain from smelling the nail polish too much but my children are all healthy and in fact very smart in school as well. I am an RN so I can confirm that this does happen. After the pregnancy is over it goes away.

Candice - posted on 12/26/2013

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this is my 4th pregnancy and I have a craving to sniff white out I have done this throughout every pregnancy and my kids are perfectly fine., I said this time I would consult my doctor because I didn't tell him before but my husband has a problem with me sniffing it so I wanted more info on if it could harm our child

Jen - posted on 09/01/2011

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This is my second pregnancy and I crave the smell of cleaning products and nail polish in my first pregnancy I craved the smell of white out and sharpies I am anemic so I think I have to agree with Hillary and say that has to have something to do with it

Melinda - posted on 03/06/2012

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You should tell your OB and get a blood pane drawn to make sure you aren't missing something important.

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Taryn - posted on 08/16/2012

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I have a serious problem with this as well pinesol is a bad habit for me I'd rather sniff out of the bottle for 2-3 mins at a time at least 5 times a day. I seriously cannot go without it. My mouth waters and throat tightens up.. I also love the smell of like a blow up mattress that has just been opened or the dollar store smell.. Nail salon the acrylic. I'm 24 weeks preg with my 3rd child and hAd these same craving with all 3!! I love anything with ammonia in it.. Both of my born children are healthy and fine but I'm very afraid this pinesol addiction is going to kill me!! I know others have my problem but mine is VERY extreme :( HELP!!

Heather - posted on 03/28/2012

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With my second I craved chalk...the smell of it...never ate it but craved the smell of it...ya know when were young and clapped the erasers together from the board?? That was it. With my third (he is now 10 months old), I craved steam..like hot vapors...the dryer vents when the dryer was running, and I ran a warm vicks vaporizer all night with vicks in it because I craved that...and also a musty basement smell...like dirt or something. Strange what pregnancy does...

Jessika - posted on 03/04/2012

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I did the same I loved smelling pinesol when pregnant I craved the smell I used to use the whole bottle for the floor just to smell it then the nxt day I get another bottle and mop the floors just to smell. I know it is bad my mother used to scream all the time at me for doing it but it was weird I couldn't help it. Also I was just readin some one else post about maybe cuz ur anemic I was exstreamy anemic atvthe time with both pregnacy so maybe that's y I craved the smell so much

Hillary - posted on 08/09/2011

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Also, "smell cravings" are incredibly common among pregnant women, regardless of what has been said on here.

Hillary - posted on 08/09/2011

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THIS IS NOT AN ADDICTION! You are most likely anemic. I am severely anemic and was craving the smell of pine sol like crazy, most cravings are a result of low iron or other mineral deficiency. Get your levels tested ASAP!

Amanda - posted on 04/10/2011

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oh I just thought, maybe this is a good excuse to get your hubby to paint your toenails for you, you could still smell the polish but you wouldnt be near enough to it to harm yourself

Amanda - posted on 04/10/2011

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I also craved smells is all three of my pregnancies, I brought it up with my dr and he said it was perfectly normal. I would be careful with the nail polish though, there are some pretty hefty chemicals in that, maybe trying not to get your nose to close to the bottle?

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I would be careful because sometimes those things can have harmful fumes that can enter your blood stream through your lungs. You should talk to your doctor about it, to know if the things you like sniffing are harmful in that way. Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 04/10/2011

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Thanks for all the advice and let me just put this out there alcohol as in vodka and so fourth the was not at all the alvohol I was talking about i dont drink nor smoke put yes I do love the smell of nail polish and handsanitizer and alcohol...... but yes I think I will stop sniffing it just for the smell and Only smell them when I'm cleaning .... I'm also going to talk to my doctor first thing tomarrow.

Bonnie - posted on 04/10/2011

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The fumes of these products can be hazardous. You need to stop. Not too long ago, my aunt told me that a good friend of hers and my grandmothers got cancer and her doctor told her it was from the fumes of cleaning products. Her job was cleaning everyday and from breathing in all those fumes, she got cancer. This woman is no longer around. So you gotta be careful and get yourself some help!

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I wonder...are you craving cleaning products because you crave the idea of cleanliness? I was a cleaning MADMAN when I was pregnant. I could just imagine germs jumping on my newborn the second I brought him into our home! I anti-bacterial-ized the carpets...the walls...the doorknobs...and yes, it had a LOT to do with the scent of the cleaner. I would fall in love with 'waterfall fresh' this week and then four days later I would fall in love with 'orange essence'...but I think my 'craving' was more about nesting than huffing anything.

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hahahahaa... i'm sorry i'm sorry i'm sorry.... i am not laughing at you, i am laughing because you gotta admit there is some humor in this.... though it also serious. you gotta get your pregnant self to STOP SNIFFING toxic products!!! so to normalize this when I was pregnant with my 2nd child, i had insanely wicked cravings for alcohol... like insanely.... there would be times when all i could think about was a chilled glass of chardonnay, some delicious sangria, or some sort of fresh fruit (top shelf) margarita, or an amaretto sours.... it was insane. And let me say this - i could count on one hand the number of times I've ever even DRANK alcohol in my life before getting pregnant with my 2nd in my late 20s... seriously, i am a health FANATIC and former/present athlete extraordinaire so i ingested NOTHING that could cause unwanted caloric intake or unhealthy consequences but i am NOT exaggerating when i say it was all i could think about sometimes... that and chocolate (which I also NEVER craved or even ate before getting pregnant). Fortunately i am a psychologist so i had all kinds of ideas for how to combat the cravings instead of causing fetal alcohol syndrome though I do believe in moderation after a certain point in pregnancy a very very moderate amount of wine or for me a few sips of sangria... is okay ESPECIALLY if you're dealing with anxiety/stress issues or can't sleep. you see..... with my 2nd pregnancy i was under extreme stress plus taking care of my VERY active toddlers and Not sleeping... like at all.... and since in pregnancy the neurochemicals get alllll outta whack, my brain craved what it thought might help. Your neurochemicals are clearly outta whack even more than the average pregnant person (like mine were) and your brain is craving an escape from something (you may not even be conscious of the stress or anxiety or fear or whatever it is). You gotta stop though, i'm sorry to say. i would have been drinking margaritas for breakfast if it hadn't been an ABSOLUTE health hazard for me and the baby.... you just gotta make the right choice and stop, forget all this other stuff. you say you can stop, then stop and come up with alternatives. my hubby would make me virgin margaritas that were REALLY REALLY heavy on the fresh squeezed meyer lemon and lime juice or whatever fresh fruit i wanted and they tricked my mind sometimes :-). i would have a few sips of sangria here or there... seriously a few sips but it was relaxing. maybe you should try that? how far along are you? maybe a little wine would help? seriously though can't emphasize this enough: STOP SNIFFING THINGS that are toxic!!! Go buy yourself some Seventh Generation cleaning products or BabyGanics and wipe your house down once a day just so it smells clean... they both have the same scents as cleaning products but are nontoxic. And..... keep talking about it - good for you for asking! make sure people know and that you are even finding the humor in it because you don't want your brain to be triggered into being all secretive about it because that will foster a more addictive pathology. take care!

Carolyn - posted on 04/09/2011

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typically the odd desires during pregnancy that are most often heard of are cravings for dirt etc, but I dont think ive heard of anyone actually going out and eating a handful of topsoil on a regular basis.



While enjoying the sent may be "normal", sniffing aka huffing it, is not.

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/09/2011

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well i loved the smell of bleach when i was pregnant. i didnt inhale it but when id be cleaning it get a wiff off the rag and be in my glory! weird i know... but as others mentioned id avoid smelling nail polish if you can...i actually didnt do my nails at all when i was pregnant.the smell bothered me.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2011

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Samantha, having the craving or desire to sniff the nail polish is normal, but you should avoid doing it. It is very unhealthy for you and your baby, and has the potential to cause permanent damage to the brains of both of you.
When I was pregnant I found the smells of the cleaning supply aisle at the grocery store overwhelming, and really noticed the smell of the laundry and dish soaps when I used them. I have also heard theories that strange cravings can indicate underlying nutrient deficiencies. Maybe talk with your doctor about screening for iron levels, B12, etc.
If you can't stop sniffing the nail polish on your own, you could try seeing a behavioural psychologist to help you develop strategies. You just need to hold on until you have the baby and get past the urges.

Carolyn - posted on 04/09/2011

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This is not normal and as mentioned can cause some serious brain damage, organ damage, etc.

Just because you are not ingesting it does not mean toxins are not being absorbed into your bloodstream.

I work in a treatment center, and know all to well the effects of inhalants on a persons body. It can be devastating to a fully grown and matured body, imagine the harm to a fetus ?

You need to remove all these items from your home, make your partner aware of this behaviour and the dangers of it, keep necessary cleaning products under lock and key that you have no access to and immediately stop.

Sometimes we use substances as a means of coping with our feelings/stress/anxiety. This could be a behaviour you use to cope with your feelings/stress during your pregnancy. Some of these fumes will cause a high, and severe damage,

Thank god your first was born healthy and no damage apparent YET! You might not get so lucky with this next one.

Samantha - posted on 04/09/2011

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It's not an addiction because I dont do it unless i'm pregnant and I can stop whenever, I just didn't know if it could do any damage to the unborn child or not and i wasn't injecting it just smelling it occasionally. so thanks for letting me know

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I agree w/ Jennifer. A pregnancy craving would be like me having an incredibly strong desire to eat corn bread, watermelon, and chocolate cake (I didn't want them all at the same time though)... or to go to every restaurant around that serves lasagne looking for the 'perfect' one (ironically enough it was also the cheapest one at Little Caesar's). What you are describing is not normal or healthy in any way. PLEASE seek help asap!!

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