Dysgeusia And Pregnancy: What You Need To Know

Dysgeusia is a pregnancy related symptom that causes a metallic taste in your mouth. It is typically experienced in the first trimester, although it can last into the second. The taste comes and goes throughout the day, when you are eating, watching, TV, shopping, or just performing normal activities.

What Causes Dysgeusia?

Your hormones throughout pregnancy cause Dysgeusia. The taste is caused by fluctuations of estrogen. When your estrogen levels are high, you have an increased taste and smell awareness. Another reason you may be experiencing dysgeusia is water retention. When water retention occurs throughout the body or the tongue, you may experience odd tastes.

Some medical researchers believe a pregnant woman eating harmful foods causes the metallic taste; however, it does not account for why women experience the taste at all times throughout the day, even when not eating.

Is Dysgeusia Harmful?

Dysgeusia is not harmful to you or your developing fetus and does not last long. By the end of the first trimester, you should no longer experience the metallic taste. If the taste is repulsive to you and causes you to vomit, speak with a dentist in your area about options for relief.  

Relief from Dysgeusia

There is hope if you are experiencing dysgeusia and any of the following remedies are safe, quick, and can erase the taste.

Water Solutions: Consider water solutions of either baking soda and water or salt and water. Swish the water in your mouth to neutralize the taste.

Sour Foods: Sour foods can be added to your diet to diminish the metallic taste. Consider eating citrus fruits, adding lemon to your water or food, or using a balsamic vinegar or soy sauce marinade on your meat.

Brush Your Tongue: Brushing your tongue and teeth after meals helps to eliminate any leftover food particles. After you brush, rinse with the above mentioned solution to neutralize the pH inside your mouth.

Get a New Vitamin: Sometimes prenatal vitamins can exacerbate the metallic taste in your mouth. Consider asking your doctor to switch the brand or type that you are on and see if it offers some relief.

If you are experiencing dysgeusia, you are not alone. Many women experience this first trimester symptom and the problem usually disappears on its own. If you are having trouble dealing with the taste, try the above solutions to neutralize the taste. When you are unable to get rid of the taste, speak with your healthcare provider about possible remedies.