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Bad Taste in Mouth During Pregnancy

Bad Taste in Mouth During Pregnancy

Having a bad taste in the mouth during pregnancy is a common yet annoying symptom faced by many women during these crucial nine months. Here we will discuss the causes and treatment options for the same.
Kanika Khara
Last Updated: Aug 8, 2018
Pregnancy is the most amazing phase in a woman's life, which along with happiness and joy, brings many unexpected changes in a woman's body. Right from mood swings, food cravings, cramps, nausea, etc., the body experiences various changes, which are inevitable, can be bothering.
Though most of these symptoms are unpleasant, they are normal and not something to worry about.

Holding on to this thought, we will discuss one such pregnancy symptom which is not a major health concern but can be very displeasing―bad taste in mouth.
Young Woman Makes a Face at Mom's Cooking
Medically termed as dysgeusia, bad or bitter taste is an unpleasant and annoying aspect of pregnancy. Though it is difficult to ascertain the actual cause, there are many theories surrounding the reasons why some women experience a lasting, unpleasant, sour, bitter, acidic, or metallic taste.
During pregnancy, the body undergoes many hormonal changes which can affect the person's sense of taste and smell. There is an increase in the production of estrogen hormone that causes bad taste in back of mouth. This fluctuation in estrogen levels cause variation in the hormones that govern the sense of taste and smell while eating or any time of the day.
Woman having a throat examination
Some studies also show that the taste buds on the tongue grow bigger, which can be a leading cause. Besides these, certain prenatal vitamins, hormonal pills, and antibiotics can also render a bad or metallic taste inside the mouth.
The adversity of this symptom doesn't restrict here itself. In fact, it can even lead to bad breath. But regardless of the cause or underlying physiology for its occurrence, there are different ways to cure this problem.
► Frequent brushing of teeth with mint toothpaste can help alleviate the bitter or metallic taste.

► Gargling with diluted solutions of baking soda and water― mix ¼ tbsp. baking soda with 1 cup water―as it neutralizes the pH level inside the mouth.

► Chewing gum or sucking on some mints can help nullifying the sour or bitter taste.
Happy pregnant woman with fresh orange juice
► Citrus fruits, juices, lemonades, etc., can all help in banishing metallic taste.
Basically, the citrus present in these foods neutralizes the metallic taste and also increases saliva production which can wash away the taste. You can also try marinating foods in vinegar to get rid of that flinty flavor.
Pregnant woman drinking water
► Last but not the least, drink enough water which will not only keep you hydrated but will also help in flushing out toxins from the body.
As mentioned earlier, it is not a serious health concern which may cause you or your baby any harm. However, it can be a bit bothering so you can try the aforementioned remedies to overcome it.
But still if there is no change in your condition and the taste has deteriorated even more, consult with your health care provider to diagnose the underlying cause and prescribe you some necessary treatment.
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.