Parenthood: Dysgeusia

This is one of the weirdest symptoms of pregnancy so far, the constant taste of what I can only describe as metallic vomit in my mouth at all times. It never abates, the only thing that makes my tastes buds feel normal is extremely acidic things like orange juice and grapefruit juice. Weird. Wikipedia describes it as “distortion of the taste senses.” Damn right, I feel distorted, I feel grumpy. The solution I have found has been minty chewing gum.

Interestingly, it’s not just pregnant woman who can get this condition but those on chemotherapy, having asthma treatment and also those with a zinc deficiency.

Of course lots of women get a change in their tastebuds during pregnancy, but it seems like for some it continues on until the bitter (!) end. In fact, both my ob/gyn and general doctor told me not to expect it to go away until after delivery, wonderful.

What can you do?

The What to Expect When You’re Expecting website has a few suggestions:

Sour foods

Try changing your prenatal vitamin

Brush your teeth and tongue