My daughter says this isn’t a real “thing.”

file-nov-17-1-52-23-pmI’m not sure when it started but sometime in the last ten years or so, all of a sudden I developed a terrible gag reflex. No really. I know, it’s hard for me to even type the words myself without giggling because it seems so ridiculous, but I swear it happens to me. Alot. My 11yo daughter says this is not a real “thing” though and that I’m just being dramatic. Fair enough, it’s not the first time I’ve been called dramatic but I prefer to say…I just have alot of personality. šŸ˜‰

Speaking of said 11 year old daughter, when I was pregnant with her was the first time it ever happened. I was grocery shopping and I walked by the meat department and took a whiff and that was it. I started gagging and turned right around and walked on out of the store. 

When I had my Atlanta morning radio show, our producer Casey gagged over everything. But he, like me is also pretty dramatic so I couldn’t tell half of the time if he was being real or just trying to be funny. But, every time he did gag, it made me gag. It was like Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the gaggingfile-nov-17-1-55-15-pm twins.

It mostly happens when I smell something really bad (ie. a bad baby poo diaper) or if I drive past roadkill. I try so hard not to do it too but I can’t help it. My husband Eric used to roll his eyes but now he’s just used to it. I can’t even clean up after our puppy Loki because of it. Well at least that’s what I “told” my hubster. HA! I kid, but really, when I do clean up his poo, I’m practically bent over on the sidewalk gagging. 

My daughter and I laughed and laughed about it today when I did it this morning on the way to school so I told her that Mommy was gonna write about it and ask her friends if this was a real thing or not. So PLEASE PLEASE tell me this is a real thing and I’m not the only one this happens to. 

Thank you. That is all.

XO Surviving Mommy

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  • Anne Hyles says:


    This is a real thing… I have the worst gag reflex EVVVVVER! I mean if you talk about throwing up, I see something yucky, or smell something I dont like or heck even brush my teeth!! I remember 1 time we were out and I had gotten a drink, I opened the strew but realized I needed to squeeze my lemons so I put the end of the straw between my lips…… bad move started gagging instantly… so yes ma’am totally real thing!!

  • Wendy Merry says:

    My 7 year old daughter has a very sensitive gag refex. She gags over textures and smells. Squish foods make her gag. Strong smeling foods make her gag. She has to choke them down, if she can even manage it. My husband and I have cleaned up so much vomit during dinner that we don’t even force it anymore. If it grosses you out to look at it or smell it, skip it. Her pediatrician says she’ll probably grow out of it. We’re still waiting.

  • Kerry says:

    Oh my goodness, I’m the president of the gag club! šŸ˜ Public restrooms send me over the edge and what can I say about anyone even saying the word throw up!! I gagged just typing that!! šŸ˜‚šŸ™ˆ It’s a REAL thing!!!

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  • Christy says:

    I’m with you. I don’t do poo of any kind, gag thinking of vomit sounds much less smells, and I can get car sick driving to the end of the road. The worst thing is post C-section and hysterectomy, violent gagging now leads to frequent showering much like the coughing or sneezing does.

  • Ashley Davis says:

    It’s real, and it happens when ever I see someone else vomit!

  • April says:

    My husband has this. His is really bad with vomit and poop. Anything he changed our daughter’s poopy diapers he gagged so bad he would vomit. If she choked or vomit, he would vomit.

  • Stephanie says:

    I don’t do it, but I’ve read somewhere that it can happen for multiple reasons. A physical reaction to smell, taste, ect. There’s also a psychological reaction to the thought of something that makes you gag.

  • Brigid OHara Koshko says:

    Yes, I believe it is a true thing. I don’t have any issues with a gag reflex but I have a friend who has it badly. Just about anything can make her sick (perfume, stinky socks.) We make a good team. She smells it and I get to clean it up (ha ha.)

  • Kathleen Tracey says:

    I believe it is a real thing. I notice myself gagging more now then I use to. It’s weird and I don’t know why but it just happens.

  • Terry Poage says:

    I believe anything is real these days and i have known people that gag when they smell something bad.

  • Kelly says:

    I only gag if I am acting like I am gagging, then it goes south really quickly. I am totally humored by your photos on this post.

  • Judy Thomas says:

    lol. It sounds so funny but cant be nice when it happens

  • Deborah Caudill says:

    This is very real. I haven’t always had it, but after my son was born 27 years ago, I joined what doctors call the 4F Club ( Female, Fat, Fair and 40 — I was only 34). What a terrible name. ER doctors sometimes say it’s a GOMER which means get outta my emergency room because it’s a repeat patient they don’t like or think they are there seeking pain meds. I used to work in the ER. Anyway I had to have my gall bladder removed a few days after my c-section. I had all day sickness, not just morning sickness, throughout my pregnancy. However, it turns out that it was my gall bladder causing me to be sick, not my pregnancy. Even after having my gall bladder removed, I still make gall stones and still have the very real gag reflex when I smell good or bad odors that are very strong. I feel your pain.

  • kathi bennett says:

    You just have a very sensitive gag reflex which for a lot of women starts during pregnancy. I have it too and my family teases me about it.

  • Adriane says:

    I don’t have this issue, but a friend does.

  • Lauryn R says:

    This seems to be the case for my husband as well, but then again he is a very dramatic person. I am the opposite and have a stomach of steel, so I am not really sure if it is a real thing or not! šŸ™‚

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This was such a cute article. I know I do gag over certain things. I truly believe this happens. Thank you so much for sharing

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