By Julia Peterman, August 13, 2021
While nausea during pregnancy is expected, pregnant people may be surprised by a metallic taste in their mouths. However, according to a small 2009 study published in Acta Oto-Laryngologica, changes in taste—known as dysgeusia—may happen in up to 92.8% of pregnant women. And pregnant patients often complain that their mouth tastes foul, rancid, salty, or burnt, according to Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, who is board-certified in both obstetrics/gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. Dr. Gaither serves as Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln.
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