There are a whole lot of commonly known pregnancy symptoms, but with all of my pregnancies, I have had one weird early pregnancy symptom no one talks about.
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During my first pregnancy, I noticed very early on that I constantly had this horrible metallic taste in my mouth. Whether I was eating or not, this taste just would not go away. It was extremely similar to the bad taste you get when taking certain antibiotic medications like Flagyl.
Actually it tasted like pennies. The only thing I can think to compare it to is if you soaked a boatload of pennies in water for 4 years and then drank the water. It is seriously gross and VERY distinct.
I learned with my first pregnancy that this is a lesser-known symptom in early pregnancy called DYSGEUSIA.
Medical professionals suspect that dysgeusia is caused by early hormonal changes in pregnant women. And while for me the taste was unmistakably metallic, for others, it can present as a bitter, salty, or just plain bad taste that isn’t improved by eating or drinking.
This was tough for me because it made it very difficult to drink water. Every time I drank water, it just tasted absolutely horrible. I had to force myself to constantly sip water throughout the day so I could make sure I was staying hydrated. After all, we all know staying hydrated is so important especially for pregnant women.
For me, nothing improved my dysgeusia except for chewing mint-flavored gum.
When I wasn’t eating, I was constantly chewing gum to mask the nagging metallic taste. While that was the only thing that gave me relief, I have heard other suggestions for masking the taste such as:
drinking lemonade or other acidic juices
eating foods with high vinegar content (such as pickles….. double pregnancy win!)
eating spicy foods or foods with very bold flavors (my stomach could NOT handle any of that!)
The good news is with each of my pregnancies, dysgeusia disappeared for me sometime around the second trimester. Good bye and good riddance! (Just another reason why the second trimester is the best).
I am not sure if certain people are prone to dysgeusia, but it was actually my tell tale signal to take a pregnancy test with my second child.
After trying for a few months to get pregnant, one day out of the blue I noticed the metallic taste. Immediately after, I took a pregnancy test and the saw most beautifully faint line on the test. I was pregnant!
I had the same experience with dysgeusia in my second pregnancy and again, nothing seemed to help except for minty gum.
Next time I should try to muddle some mint leaves in my water and see if that makes it easier for me to stay hydrated! Has anyone tried that? Did it work?
All my prayers for you and your pregnancy! If you’re currently suffering from dysgeusia, it will get better!
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