Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes in a woman’s life. Usually, these changes come with some unpredictable symptoms; including a metallic taste in the mouth.
For some women, this taste persists all through pregnancy. On the other hand, others only experience for a few months or not at all.
This article would supply you with all the info you need on the metallic taste during pregnancy, including the causes and easy tips on how to get rid of it.
What Do We Mean By Metallic Taste In the Mouth?
Metallic taste in the mouth (also known as dysgeusia) is one of the early symptoms of pregnancy.
It is caused by the changing hormones during pregnancy. Although, dysgeusia doesn’t result in food cravings, it can make food taste bitter in the mouth after eating. In some pregnant women, this metallic taste can worsen the symptoms of morning sickness.
Thankfully, this condition is harmless.
It usually happens during the first trimester (first three months) of pregnancy and fades away as pregnancy progresses.
Causes of Metallic Taste In The Mouth During Pregnancy
The main cause of metallic taste during pregnancy is unknown.
However, some possible causes include:
- Hormonal changes: The variations in hormonal levels during pregnancy can adjust the sense of taste, making some expectant mums have a metallic taste in their mouths.
- Water Retention: During pregnancy, there’s an increase in water retention. This may affect the taste buds leading to this perception of a metallic taste.
- Irritations: Interestingly, there’s a close relationship between the sense of smell and taste. An irritating smell may trigger an unpleasant taste in the mouth as well.
How To Handle It:
There is no treatment that can get rid of the metallic taste you sense in your mouth during pregnancy.
Nevertheless, we’ve compiled a few tips that would minimize the effects of metallic taste in your mouth during pregnancy.
1. Chew Sugarless Gums/Mints:
Do you know about Gummy Bears?
These multiflavored fruit gum candies contain sugar, starch and citric acid. In addition, gummy bears can help stop that metallic feel in your mouth. There are prenatal multivitamins that come as gummy bears as well. Amazing right?
You can also try other popular mints like TomTom, Orbit and Baba Blue.
2. Eat Spicy Food:
Everyone knows West Africans enjoy a really spicy meal.
This time, the stakes are higher because pepper or savory can provide major relief and numb any weird tastes in your mouth while pregnant. Please avoid undercooked meat during pregnancy.
3. Take A Lot of Fruit
Eating fresh green apples or citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, tangerines etc) are helpful in purging any lingering metallic taste.
4. Try Ginger Tea.
Ginger improves saliva flow, aids digestion and also gets rid of any uncomfortable taste (including that metallic tastse) during pregnancy.
5. Go for plastic cutlery
When it’s time to select cutlery for meals, we’d recommend the plastic or wooden ones!
Its simple, the fastest way to reduce the metallic taste in your mouth is to reduce the amount of metal you put into your mouth.
6. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated with water and other essential fluid helps to prevent dry mouth and reduce metallic tastes.
7. Maintain A Good Oral Hygiene
This also helps minimize metallic taste in the mouth. You can also brush your tongue gently to get rid of any lingering metallic taste too.
8. Stick With Familiar Stuff
If you’re struggling with a serious case of metallic taste in the mouth; stick with meals and drinks that you’re familiar with.
Whenever you can, avoid tasting new foods as it can worsen the metallic taste in the mouth.
9. The Baking Powder Option
Gargling with a simple baking poowder solution can also help reduce that metallic taste in the mouth.
10. A Saltwater Rinse
Whenever you experience that uneasy feeling that comes with the metallic taste, you can quickly rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution.
To make this solution, get a glass of water and a pinch or two of salt to it and stir adequately. Once the mix is ready, rinse your mouth thoroughly and spit it out.
A metallic taste in the mouth is not a cause for medical concern in pregnant women. It is not harmful, and most times does not persist all through the period of pregnancy.
Just like other pregnancy symptoms, metallic taste in the mouth will go away on its own.
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