Foods to rid the metallic taste in your mouth

If you’re fed up of a metallic taste in your mouth during early pregnancy, these foods can help

How to get rid of metallic taste in mouth in pregnancy

In early pregnancy some women describe having a metallic taste in their mouth, here are our tips on how to beat it

Bowl of oranges and lemons

Some women in early pregnancy complain of a metallic taste in their mouth. Although it is hormone related and no danger to your baby or you, it can be unpleasant and make food taste strange. It’s even got an official name, Dysgeusia. The good news is it usually eases or passes completely as your pregnancy progresses.

So if your mouth feels like you’ve here are our tips on what to eat to help ease the taste.

1. Fisherman’s Friend

A very strong throat lozenge that you either love or hate but either way it will certainly free your mouth of that metallic taste.

2. Mint 

If not anything that is a mint flavour, like Polos or Extra Strong Mints will give you a break from the taste.

3. A citrus fizzy drink

Whether a lemon flavoured drink, lime or orange, these can ease the metallic taste in your mouth and generally keeping hydrated can help keep it at bay.

4. Citrus fruits

As with the drinks, citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons or limes can cut through the metallic taste. Try drinking water with a squeeze or slice of citrus in throughout the day.

5. Ginger

Ginger may also help with the metallic taste. Try drinking ginger ale or herbal tea to help refresh your mouth. 

6. Olives and pickles

Vinegar soaked foods like gherkins, lives and pickles may also help lessen the taste.

7. Fruit/sour sweets

The tangy fruit sweets like Skittles are said by some mums-to-be to help rid their mouth of that pregnancy metallic taste. Sour sweets can also help so keep some Haribo Tangfastics handy but do not over indulge as it's important not to have too much sugar in pregnancy.

Dental health in pregnancy

Pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women, including gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay. During pregnancy, your increased hormones can also affect your body's response to plaque (the layer of germs on your teeth). The good news is that you’re entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you are pregnant when you start your treatment. To get free treatment you must have either a MATB1 certificate or a maternity exemption certificate (MatEx) signed by your doctor or midwife.

Foods to rid the metallic taste in your mouth