Having a metallic taste in your mouth is a common side effect of pregnancy known as dysgeusia — which is the medical term used to describe changes in your sense of taste. Dysgeusia happens most frequently during the first trimester, and can cause you to taste metallic substances in your mouth when you first wake up in the morning and at times when you’re not even eating. While some women who are prone to strange pregnancy cravings may not mind the taste of copper pennies, others may not be big fans of metallic tastes.
In most cases, the metallic taste is caused by changes in your body’s estrogen levels during pregnancy, which also triggers your sensitivity to certain smells and off-beat pregnancy cravings. The good news is that dysgeusia usually sticks around for the first trimester, and goes away near the beginning of the second trimester along with bouts of morning sickness.
Here are tips on how you can rid your mouth of metallic tastes during pregnancy.
Consume highly-acidic foods
Foods with high acidity levels are powerful enough to increase saliva production and break down the taste of metallics. The moment you start tasting metallics in your mouth, start consuming citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, as well as foods marinated in vinegar such as pickles and kimchi. Make sure you drink water immediately after consuming acidic foods so the acidity levels don’t compromise your teeth and oral health.
Change your prenatal vitamin brand
Some prenatal vitamins contain coating that could contribute to the taste of metallics. If you’re currently taking prenatal vitamins, consult with your OB-GYN about other options for prenatal vitamins. If possible, switch to a different brand that won’t contribute as much to your metallic-mouth.
Brush your tongue
If you’re not already brushing your tongue, start getting into this healthy oral habit to help rid your mouth of any metallic tastes. Brush your tongue at the same time you brush your teeth, or as soon as you start tasting metallics in your mouth. Then, rinse your mouth with baking soda and water to help neutralize oral pH balance and maintain a fresh, clean flavor.
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