Metallic taste during pregnancy, many women feel. As a rule, it happens most often in the first trimester. When the taste of metal in the mouth only appears, it may not be clearly expressed, it is difficult to describe. Given how often it is common and how little attention is paid to it compared to nausea, many women have a question about what it is, what causes and what can be done to get rid of it. We will try to understand all these questions in this article.
Scientifically, this is called dysgeusia, a pathology when a disorder of taste sensations occurs. Dysgeusia is a common symptom of first trimester pregnancy. Most often, women have a sour or metallic taste at this time and which persists even when you are not eating.
Many women describe such a state as if they were drinking from a metal cup or as the presence of something rusty metal in their mouths.
Unfortunately, morning sickness, which also often happens at this time, worsens the situation. Some women who do not experience morning sickness do not feel the taste of metal. But others, even in the absence of nausea, still feel such a taste.
Metallic taste during pregnancy causes
In fact, the reason why such taste in the mouth occurs during pregnancy is not known. There are only a number of assumptions that can cause these feelings.
Hormones. It is known that pregnancy causes changes in the hormonal background in a woman’s body. At this time, it begins to produce more than one hormone called estrogen. This hormone, among other functions, also has an effect on taste sensations.
As it increases in the body of this hormone, its effect on taste buds increases. Taste changes every time the amount of estrogen increases in a woman’s body.
Smell. At change of a hormonal background there is also a change of smell. And the sense of smell and taste are closely linked. Many pregnant women have a sharp rejection of some odors. Moreover, outside of pregnancy, they could easily react to them and even like them. This may explain the fact why some women do not tolerate certain smells and food throughout pregnancy.
Water retention in the body of a woman. During pregnancy, the body retains more water. It can also affect taste changes and there can be one reason that causes a metallic aftertaste.
There are suggestions that such sensations can serve as a guarantee that a woman:
Can not eat those foods that are harmful to the unborn child;
Make it clear that it should include more calcium and iron products in its diet.
Also, some people associate such a condition with the result of the action of toxins secreted by the lymph nodes and the protective functions of the body so that the developing fetus is not potentially damaged.
And yet the presence of metal taste in pregnant women remains a mystery. After all, it happens even when a woman does not eat anything or her food is perfect safe.
How to get rid of metallic taste in your mouth
Unfortunately, today it is difficult to control this feeling and even harder to get rid of it completely. Fortunately, the feeling of metallic taste in the mouth tends to decrease and pass with time.
Most women suffer from this phenomenon only in the first trimester. Further, as the development of pregnancy, the taste of the metal is felt all the less or disappears altogether.
As the pregnancy develops, the hormonal background calms down and the woman’s body simply adapts to its state.
But some women may feel the taste of metal throughout the 9 months and with this you just need to learn how to live.
Usually sauces can help reduce such unpleasant manifestations. They increase the production of saliva and it helps to “wash” them. True, there is another side: excessive salivation can irritate taste buds and iron sensations can only increase.
What else can help relieve an unpleasant metallic taste?
Brushing your tongue with a toothbrush;
Rinsing the mouth with liquid, passing it through the teeth;
Drinking water with lemon juice or lime juice;
Eating citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit or pineapples, kiwi;
Eating fermented (fermented) foods such as cucumbers, gherkins, olives;
Exclusion of sugar from your diet or its reduction;
Chewing gum can improve the taste in the mouth;
Rinse your mouth with warm water with salt or soda.
Saline solution is prepared from one teaspoon of salt and a glass of water (250 grams). You can rinse with a solution of soda: 1/4 teaspoon per glass of water. Rinse several times a day to neutralize the pH in the mouth.
You can drink cold water, if the weather permits, or just water at room temperature.
Liquid for rinsing and chewing gum, of course, you need to choose natural, without chemical components, dyes, alcohol.
Sometimes the presence of metallic taste can cause some additives or medications that are prescribed by the doctor. Ask your doctor about side effects and, if possible, replace them with others.
Of course, the constant feeling of metallic taste is not a very pleasant feeling. But this is not considered a pathology of pregnancy, and it will go away with the course of pregnancy. But even if this does not happen and the unpleasant taste will persist throughout the entire period of pregnancy, you will have to suffer. Yet moms don’t go to much suffering for their children.
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