Experiencing a metallic taste in the mouth is common in pregnancy and is known as Dysgeusia. Commonly described as bitter like and coppery taste. The exact cause is not fully understood but believed that hormones such as Estrogen, Progesterone, and HcG play a large part and can impact taste sensation. There also can be an impact from increased blood flow and changes in saliva composition in Pregnancy that can cause alterations in taste.
Metallic taste usually occurs in the 1st trimester but can happen throughout the pregnancy. It is usually harmless but if the altered tastes persist or become particularly severe it is worth chatting to your Healthcare provider to ensure there is no other underlying cause.
What Can Help Reduce Metallic Taste?
1) Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Ensuring that you regularly brush, floss and use a mild mouthwash (safe for pregnancy) can help
2) Keep Well Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water may improve your taste sensations and help reduce the metallic taste.
3) Try Citrus Foods or Mint Flavoured Foods
These types of food help mask the metallic taste.
4) Chewing Gum or Sugar-Free Boiled Sweets
By stimulating saliva production may help reduce the metallic taste.