In the movie Mean Girls, Amanda Seyfried played Karen Smith, the sweet-but-ditzy member of the Plastics who claimed she could predict the weather using her "fifth sense."
It's like I have ESPN or something, her character famously tells the one played by Lindsey Lohan. And as farfetched as it sounds, it looks like life may now be imitating art (sort of). Because Seyfried, who just announced she's expecting her first child with fiancé Thomas Sadoski, recently told People that her senses have been on high alert since becoming preggers.
"I can smell electricity," she said. "I swear to God I can smell the TV."
Say what? Is this a thing?
When I was pregnant with my daughter, it was spaghetti sauce that did me in. I couldn't even be in a restaurant that had it on the menu because I could sniff it out 10 tables away. With my son, it was coffee. But electricity? That's just so... Karen Smith. And yet, it's not even the odor the actress finds most offensive.
"I can't tolerate body odor," she revealed. "If someone has it, I have to leave. I have a hard time with that."
Can't say that I blame her. I have a hard time with BO even when I'm NOT pregnant.
According to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, having a kicked-up sense of smell is pretty normal for moms-to-be. The main downside being that it can leave you feeling nauseous and queasy, and may even become so bad that on some days you can't even think about taking a bite of anything.
So what's a pregnant mama to do? ACOG suggests pinpointing the odors that make you lose your appetite and avoiding them as much as possible—then focus on the foods you can keep down, and make sure your fridge is full of them.
For Seyfried, that means it's time to stock up on...candles. "I love those Yankee candles," she said. "Buttercream frosting or angel food cake. I mean, who doesn't put a vanilla-scented candle out in their kitchen? [Those scents] relate to the child in me, which will live on forever. That's also probably the pregnancy talking; I'll blame it on that."