You’ll learn many, many (many, many, many) things during pregnancy. But one of the first concepts you’ll come to grasp is that pregnancy seems to have some sort of effect on everything — from your face right down to your potentially widening feet. So, it may not surprise you to learn that the metallic taste in your mouth could very well be a pregnancy symptom. Thanks, hormones!
You’ve probably heard much more about early pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness. But every woman is different, and their symptoms will vary. Your symptoms may even vary from one pregnancy to the next. Even if you don’t seem to be suffering from a “tin” or “metallic” taste in your mouth in this pregnancy, you could with a later pregnancy.
So, let’s explore what it means when it tastes like you’re sucking on old pennies.
Is metallic taste in the mouth a sign of early pregnancy?
Not necessarily. According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are actually numerous reasons a person might experience a metallic taste in their mouth. These range from oral hygiene issues to taking a multivitamin and, yes, pregnancy. If you’re generally healthy, it’s probably nothing to worry about. Still, you should always talk to your doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary — and, you know, since it might truly be a symptom of pregnancy for you.
How early do you get a metallic taste in pregnancy?
A metallic taste in your mouth often occurs during the first trimester, or first 12 weeks, of pregnancy. The medical term for it is dysgeusia, which refers to a distortion of taste.
What causes a metallic taste in the mouth?
You can thank (or blame, depending on how you’re feeling at the moment) hormones for that delightful tin taste in your mouth. Changes in hormone levels can lead to all sorts of sensory disturbances during pregnancy. It’s thought that estrogen may play a large part, considering it contributes to controlling and moderating the sense of taste. Dysgeusia in pregnancy could also have to do with women’s heightened sense of smell during this time. Smell and taste are closely interlinked, right? It makes sense, then, that smelling something strong or off in pregnancy could affect a woman’s sense of taste.
So, long story short, that metallic taste could just be your ol’ pregnancy hormones kicking in.
When does the bad taste go away in pregnancy?
Here’s the good news: That metallic taste in your mouth likely won’t hang around long. True, it’s unfortunate that it often coincides with first-trimester nausea. However, dysgeusia usually lessens or dissipates altogether as your pregnancy progresses. Your hormones start to settle down some in the second trimester, meaning you could start to see some relief from the metal mouth at that point.
What can I do about the metallic taste in my mouth?
Another bit of good news? There are things you can do that may make the metallic taste in your mouth less severe or bothersome. Many women report the following have helped:
- Sugar-free mints or sugarless gum
- Colder items, like ice pops
- Saltine crackers
- Spicy foods
- Acidic or sour foods and drinks, like lemonade or pickles
You might also ask your health care provider about switching prenatal vitamins. Brushing your tongue, using mouthwash, and flossing regularly might make banishing bad tastes easier. And, just for good measure, avoid using metal cutlery or drink receptacles during meals. Hey, anything to help, right?