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  • Have a Funny Metallic Taste in Your Mouth? You Might Be Pregnant

    This metallic taste is commonly experienced by women in the early stages of pregnancy.
    by Kate Borbon .
Have a Funny Metallic Taste in Your Mouth? You Might Be Pregnant
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  • In the first few weeks of pregnancy, it might still be too early for women to experience the typical symptoms of pregnancy. But there is one subtle sign that MIGHT also mean you are expecting: a strange metallic taste in your mouth, which can make it difficult for you to enjoy foods and drinks that always used to be your favorite. (The best way to know if you are pregnant is via a home pregnancy test or blood test.)

    That metallic taste, also known as dysgeusia, is believed to be caused by the hormonal changes going on in a woman’s body during pregnancy. According to one study, 93% of pregnant women experience a difference in their sense of taste. With estrogen levels fluctuating, it can cause that strange metallic taste in your mouth.

    “There’s not a great data on exactly why this happens, but there are several theories,” ob-gyn Marta J. Perez, M.D. tells Romper. “One of the most dramatic changes early in pregnancy is that estrogen and progesterone go higher than they ever have before.”

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    Those hormonal fluctuations may also lead to symptoms other than dysgeusia, such as morning sickness, nausea, and a heightened sense of smell.

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    How to deal with that metallic taste in your mouth

    While dysgeusia can be an indication of pregnancy, it is not the most reliable symptom and does not happen to all pregnant women. The good news is dysgeusia will go away when you reach the second trimester of your pregnancy. If you think you have it, there are a few things you can do to reduce the metallic taste and enjoy your food.

    Eat sour foods

    Parents recommends eating sour foods and drinks. Citrusy flavors can stimulate the taste buds and saliva production, which helps wash away the metallic taste. Some things you can try are meats marinated in vinegar, citrus juices, and lemonade. You may also try adding lemon to your water.

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    Ask your doctor about changing your vitamins

    Dr. Perez says taking new prenatal vitamins is another thing you can try since some vitamins seem to cause that weird taste more than others. However, don’t forget to consult your doctor first if you’re interested in trying this or changing any meds.

    Rinse your mouth with mild solutions

    There are two rinse solutions you can try: a mild salt solution (combine 1 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of water) or a baking soda solution (combine ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with 8 ounces of water). Rinse your mouth a few times a day to neutralize pH levels in your mouth and keep the metallic taste at bay.

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