Metallic taste when pregnant

Dysgeusia is change in sense of taste, commonly experienced by pregnant women. Usually, you’ll perceive this taste as metallic.

What causes it?

Like so many of the other strange symptoms you might experience during these turbulent nine months, pregnancy hormones are the primary culprit behind dysgeusia. This effect is most common immediately upon waking up in the morning and generally only affects women early in their pregnancy, when hormones are still wreaking havoc.


Brushing your teeth after each time you eat and trying to eat sour, acidic foods are good strategies for combatting the metallic taste. Even if the problem persists, fear not – it should start to fade in the second trimester. Although this symptom is harmless, you can always ask your healthcare provider if you are concerned.

Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Lo
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  • Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, M.D. “5 Weird Pregnancy Symptoms You Might Not Know About.” UTSWMedicine. UT Southwestern Medical Center, Sep 2016. Accessed Jun 28 2017. Available at 
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