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Tangy or sour What is your taste

Tangy Or Sour - What's Your Taste?

Morning sickness and backaches have always been heard of from pregnant women, but not many have heard of ‘bad taste problem’ or dysgeusia. Well, this is a common condition, but very surprising! It could be vague when you experience it in the beginning. It would also be kind of difficult to describe it in words. But the unpleasantness is real for sure, and is also very common. What is true is that it is nothing to be worried about.

What Actually Is Responsible

Pregnancy hormones are the ones to be blamed for it. From what doctors say, the pH in a woman's mouth alter in pregnancy.  It is caused due to the increase in estrogen in the body or could also be blamed to the prenatal vitamins you have consumed. This surprisingly common condition could result in the absence of taste or altered taste, such as a metallic, acidic, sour or bitter sensation.

Like most of the pregnancy symptoms - mood swings, nausea, cramps, food cravings even Dysgeusia is inevitable. It is very bothering and unpleasant, but perfectly normal and nothing to get worried about.

How To Cope With It

Dysgeusia could also affect your breath, leaving you with a bad breath. Some remedies that may work for you are-

Repeated brushing of teeth with a mint flavored toothpaste

Floss your teeth

Chewing mint flavored gums

Consuming juices, citrus fruits or lemonade. The citric element of the fruits helps increasing the saliva production which could drain away the irritating taste.

Foods like pickles, olives, gherkins, sauces or chutneys marinated in vinegar solution

A solution of 1/4tbsp baking soda and a cup of water if used for gargling can control bad taste by neutralizing the pH on the mouth.

Lastly, and most importantly drink loads of water which will help you flush out toxins and keep you hydrated.

Dysgeusia is an annoying side effect in a perfectly normal pregnancy. However, a bad taste in mouth is nothing to be worried about as it causes no harm to you or your baby. Just that it is bothering. Trying some of the remedies would surely help, but if it does not, do consult your doctor as there could also be another underlying cause behind it.