5 Easy Ways to Treat "Metal Mouth" During Pregnancy

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Have you been finding yourself trying to rinse away that horrible metallic taste in your mouth? Is it screwing with your taste buds and leaving you not in the mood to eat anything? Well, welcome to the metal-mouth club of pregnant women.

The actual condition is called dysgeusia, and it’s actually quite common during pregnancy. We can blame our increased levels of estrogen as the culprit. Not that that makes it any better.

So what does make it better? Here are five simple ways to get rid of that awful taste in your mouth and regain control of your taste buds:

1. Eat or drink citrus fruit or juice

More often than not, the metallic taste goes away if you consume acids, like citrus.

2. Use a saltwater rinse

A teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water creates a saltwater solution for you to swoosh around your mouth, neutralizing pH levels and getting rid of that awful taste.

3. Change your prenatal vitamin

Not all prenatal vitamins are created equal, and some lead to metal mouth more than others. Talk to your doctor about switching if you just can’t tolerate the taste in your mouth.

4. Eat pickles

Pickles, like citrus, also have a high acidity because of the vinegar they’re marinated in. I wonder if metal mouth is where the craving for pickles so often comes from? Hmmmm.

5. Brush your tongue

Brushing your tongue when you’re brushing your teeth could also neutralize the pH levels in your mouth, leaving you without the icky metallic flavor.

Source: What to Expect

Article Posted 6 years Ago

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