Dysgeusia During Pregnancy

Dysgeusia refers to changes that occur in the sense of taste. It could be caused by several conditions that have an effect on an individual’s ability to taste.

Disruptions in the functioning of the taste buds, interruptions in the signals that are sent to the brain or improper processing of those taste signals can all cause distortions in the sense of taste. Improper functioning of the sense of smell can also sometimes affect the sense of taste.

Reasons for Dysgeusia During Pregnancy

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Reasons for Dysgeusia During Pregnancy

Dysgeusia in pregnancy is known to occur due to the release of hormones. These hormones, especially estrogen play a part in regulating the sense of taste.

During pregnancy, the hormonal levels fluctuate widely and this could be responsible for changes in the taste senses. Changes in the body which occur during pregnancy could also affect the sense of smell, thereby indirectly leading to Dysgeusia. Pregnant women usually experience a metallic or a sour taste in the mouth. This taste lingers on even when one it not eating. This is one of the side effects of pregnancy, like morning sickness, which tends to reduce or even disappear completely by the second trimester as the hormonal fluctuations subside and the body becomes accustomed to the changes.

Remedies for Dysgeusia During Pregnancy

The metallic taste in the mouth can be reduced by consuming acidic foods such as juices, especially citrus juices such as lemonade or orange juice. You can also try foods such as pickles or other foods that are marinated with vinegar. Such foods increase the production of saliva which helps to wash away the unpleasant tastes.

Ensure that your stomach is able to handle such foods, before consuming them. Certain prenatal vitamins may also contribute to a metallic taste in the mouth as the body’s absorption of iron and potassium may not be taking place properly. You may consult your doctor about changing these supplements. Cleaning the tongue gently with your toothbrush also helps to get rid of the metallic taste. You can also use a tongue scraper after brushing your teeth. Also try rinsing the mouth with a solution of salt and water. Add a teaspoon of salt to about eight ounces of warm water and rinse with this. Baking soda is also known to help in neutralizing the pH levels of the mouth. Add a quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and rinse the mouth with this twice or thrice a day. Avoid sugary foods and breath fresheners as these are known to aggravate the unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Dysgeusia During Pregnancy
Dysgeusia During Pregnancy
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