Hello fellow VPers!
So I'm about nine weeks pregnant right now. I'm super-excited to be pregnant, but I have this issue. Well, not so much an issue -- it's more that I'm curious to know if anyone else has experienced this in early pregnancy (and if so if it changed at all later on).
I noticed very early on, right around the time that I got a positive home test result, that I smelled a little different, specifically in the underarm area. It's really hard to describe the smell. It's not like my normal sweat smell. Or rather, it is, but it has a kind of gross, sickly sweet note to it. And either it's been getting stronger or I've been getting more and more sensitive to it, because I am more and more bothered by it. Over the last few days I've also started noticing a change in my vaginal odor; it also smells slightly different than usual and a little unpleasant to me (not like pH-imbalance or infection-type unpleasantness, though). The combination of the two was so bad the other night that it was making me feel a little queasy (or rather queasier). I asked my husband if I smelled bad to him at that point, and he said I smelled normal as far as he could tell, but it was bothering me so much that I had to take a shower before I could get to sleep.
I haven't changed the frequency of my bathing or the products I use in any significant way. (I have been showering maybe a bit more than usual, but I'm trying not to overdo it because it's winter here and with the air being pretty dry, excess bathing makes my skin sad and itchy.) I don't shave under my arms, but I wash the area daily when I shower. I've been wearing strictly deodorant, no antiperspirant, for many years now. I did switch from the homemade stuff to a commercial one, but that was long before I got pregnant, and I don't think it's related because the smell is pretty consistent regardless of whether or not I've put on deodorant or not. About the only time I don't notice it is right after I've showered, for maybe five or ten minutes.
Your thoughts/experiences would be very welcome! I haven't seen any mention of this in any of the pregnancy books or communities I've been reading lately, and I'd love to hear that I'm not alone in having this experience.