Woman, 25, Reveals That She Regularly ‘Smells’ Her Mum

A 25-year-old woman has revealed that she regularly smells her mother during their bizarre routine ‘snuggle parties’ because it helps her relieve her anxiety and ‘makes her feel safe’.

Appearing on reality series sMothered, Sarah, from Port St. Lucie, Florida, explains how she regularly stays at her 59-year-old mother Laurie’s house, despite no longer living their together.

The duo, who say they’re more like best friends than mother and daughter, admit that they often share a bed  – describing the routine as their ‘snuggle parties’.

A new episode of the TLC show – which chronicles the lives of six mother-daughter duos who share an unusually close bond – sees Sarah confess that watching her mother sleep and even smelling her hair eases her anxieties. 

A 25-year-old woman has revealed that she regularly smells her mother (pictured together) during their bizarre routine 'snuggle parties' because it helps her relieve her anxiety and 'makes her feel safe'

A 25-year-old woman has revealed that she regularly smells her mother (pictured together) during their bizarre routine ‘snuggle parties’ because it helps her relieve her anxiety and ‘makes her feel safe’

Appearing on sMothered tonight, Sarah, from Port St. Lucie, Florida, explains how she regularly stays at her 59-year-old mother Laurie's house, despite no longer living their together. Pictured, the pair together during a walk

Appearing on sMothered tonight, Sarah, from Port St. Lucie, Florida, explains how she regularly stays at her 59-year-old mother Laurie’s house, despite no longer living their together. Pictured, the pair together during a walk

As Sarah reveals, she and her mother have been having ‘snuggle parties’ for as long as she can remember: ‘It’s always been our tradition, it’s just kind of a way of life.’ 

Admitting that she’s quite an anxious person, Sarah also explains that she has a very novel way of easing her anxieties when she’s with her mother, by smelling her.

‘I’m a very anxious person, but when I smell my mother all of my anxieties or worries go away,’ she says. ‘If I had to pick what my mother smelt like, I would describe it as a cloud, a white puffy cloud.’ 

Another way the 25-year-old likes to keep calm is by watching her mother sleep, adding: ‘It makes me feel safe.’ 

However, this revelation appears to be news to Laurie, who during the interview on the show admits ‘it’s weird’. 

The duo, pictured, who say they're more like best friends than mother and daughter, admit that they often share a bed - describing the routine as their 'snuggle parties'

The duo, pictured, who say they’re more like best friends than mother and daughter, admit that they often share a bed – describing the routine as their ‘snuggle parties’

Tonight's episode of the TLC show - which chronicles the lives of six mother-daughter duos who share an unusually close bond - sees Sarah (pictured right, with her mother) confess that watching her mother sleep and even smelling her hair eases her anxieties

Tonight’s episode of the TLC show – which chronicles the lives of six mother-daughter duos who share an unusually close bond – sees Sarah (pictured right, with her mother) confess that watching her mother sleep and even smelling her hair eases her anxieties

‘That’s weird, I never knew that,’ she says, bemused. However, Sarah’s quick to respond: ‘I send you pictures of you sleeping all the time.’  

‘I think our relationship is more like best friends,’ Sarah, who recently just bought a house with her fiancé Miguel, says. ‘She’s my partner in crime.’

Laurie admits the pair do almost everything together, adding: ‘We go on adventures together, we get into mischief together, we have a very tight bond.’

Speaking about their night time routine, the devoted mother says: ‘When I snuggle with Sarah it brings us to an inner connection, words aren’t even necessary. It’s just an unbelievable love bond.’

As Sarah reveals, she and her mother, pictured, have been having 'snuggle parties' for as long as she can remember: 'It's always been our tradition, it's just kind of a way of life,'

As Sarah reveals, she and her mother, pictured, have been having ‘snuggle parties’ for as long as she can remember: ‘It’s always been our tradition, it’s just kind of a way of life,’

Admitting that she's quite an anxious person, Sarah also explains that she has a very novel way of easing her anxieties when she's with her mother (pictured), by smelling her.

Admitting that she’s quite an anxious person, Sarah also explains that she has a very novel way of easing her anxieties when she’s with her mother (pictured), by smelling her.

WHAT IS CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND HOW CAN YOU SPOT IT?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. 

Our kidneys filter out waste products and excess fluids from the blood before they are excreted through urine. They also help maintain blood pressure.

As CKD advances, the kidneys do not function properly and dangerous levels of waste build up in your body.

The risk of CKD increases as you age. It is also more common among Asians and blacks.

CKD does not usually cause any symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage. It can be detected early on via blood and urine tests.

Symptoms include: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Sleep problems
  • Changes in how much you urinate
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Muscle twitches and cramps
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Persistent itching
  • Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart
  • Shortness of breath, if fluid builds up in the lungs
  • High blood pressure that is difficult to control

Those with the condition have a greater risk of having a stroke or heart attack. It can also cause kidney failure, when sufferers will need to have dialysis or a possible transplant.

However, lifestyle changes and medication can stop the disease from getting worse if it is diagnosed at an early stage.

To reduce your risk:  

  • Follow instructions for over-the-counter medications. Taking too many pain relievers can lead to kidney damage
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking cigarettes can cause kidney damage 

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Laurie has struggled with a number of health issues since before Sarah’s birth, suffering from both chronic kidney disease, which is the gradual loss of kidney function, and Type 1 diabetes, which causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high.

She also went through a difficult pregnancy with Sarah because her blood pressure went ‘through the roof’.

Laurie recalls: ‘I was at stroke level, and they wanted me to abort and I just couldn’t. I knew it was going to be a girl and I knew we were both going to survive.’ 

Helping to take care of her mother, Sarah has a meticulous regime in place to ensure she stays as healthy as possible, including drawing up a timetable for when Laurie needs to drink some water and take her medication. 

Elsewhere in the show, despite Sarah's new chapter in life with her fiance Miguel, Laurie (pictured with her daughter) explains that she still has some reservations. 'Sarah and Miguel bought the house before they got engaged,' she says. 'I would really have preferred that there was a ring on her finger first'

Elsewhere in the show, despite Sarah’s new chapter in life with her fiance Miguel, Laurie (pictured with her daughter) explains that she still has some reservations. ‘Sarah and Miguel bought the house before they got engaged,’ she says. ‘I would really have preferred that there was a ring on her finger first’

And Laurie is so determined to get Miguel to start planning the wedding with Sarah, that she has started joining the pair on their date nights (pictured)

And Laurie is so determined to get Miguel to start planning the wedding with Sarah, that she has started joining the pair on their date nights (pictured)

‘We’ve reversed roles somewhere in our life, I’m now the daughter and she feels like the mother,’ Laurie jokes.

Elsewhere in the show, despite Sarah’s new chapter in life with her fiance Miguel, Laurie explains that she still has some reservations.  

‘Sarah and Miguel bought the house before they got engaged,’ she says. ‘I would really have preferred that there was a ring on her finger first.’ 

And Laurie is so determined to get Miguel to start planning the wedding with Sarah, that she has started joining the pair on their date nights.   

‘Date nights for Sarah and Miguel is really date night for the three of us,’ the parent says. ‘Why should I be left out? When we sit down to dinner, I am going to be pressuring Miguel a little bit this evening.’

The new series of sMothered continues at 9pm tonight exclusively on TLC UK

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