The Most Gorgeous, Delicious, Magical parts of pregnancy *no sarcasm intended*

Positives of pregnancy

With pregnancy comes the trials and tribulations of an expecting Mother. The body changes so drastically and quickly and there isn’t much time for bounce-back for most new Mothers, but the time that we have with our beautiful little babies living and surviving within us is so fleeting, its so important to really take a moment to appreciate this exciting time!

Here are the top ten most gorgeous, delicious and magical parts of pregnancy (for me anyway!):

Watching your body grow

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Your body is your temple… and when you are pregnant, it becomes a temple for your baby too. Its actually awe-inspiring what a female body is capable of doing, and how amazing it can be to watch the visible changes taking place during your pregnancy. Sure, you may be experiencing aches, pains, swelling extremities, but looking at the bigger picture, enjoy your belly. Enjoy your bump and your chubby ankles because once the baby is here, your body will be working overtime to get back to somewhere familiar and it might be a time where you are less than enthused about everything too. 

For me, watching my belly expand as the weeks go on has been nothing shy of magical. It allows me to know that my baby is growing inside of me, getting the nutrients and life support needed for her to grow and to me, that is frigging awesome because it is confirmation that I am enough. 

Feeling and seeing your baby kick for the first time… 

I made another blog post all about what it feels like for when the baby first kicks and you can read this here. Feeling your baby kick is evidence that you are growing a healthy little baby within yourself. How amazing is that? Its even more amazing when you can begin to see her cast ripples across your belly with her movements, or see in your peripheral vision miniature explosion-like bumps in your stomach. I frequently have to stop what I am doing just to pull my shirt up and watch her dance sequence- it makes me giggle and I can’t help but feel that much more connected with her.

The attention

FOMO

Its no surprise that everyone loves a pregnant woman. My partner has been nothing shy of  amazing throughout my pregnancy; my friends have been even more amazing than usual and my family are so attentive and caring. I am definitely not saying that they are not usually like that, but its even more appreciated when going through a time such as pregnancy. When hormones are flying off the handles; the body is changing drastically and fear and anxiety could be playing a huge role in your everyday life, its nice to know that you aren’t alone and that your support group are there for you. Also, I can’t count how many times I have caught an older woman observing my stretched out bump in a grocery store and smiles lovingly at me- without her even knowing me. Its just nice to be admired for something so natural.

The Excitement

Positives of pregnancy

Its so easy to get excited for when the baby is brewing away within. What is she going to look like? What will be our favourite thing to do? What will be her favourite season? There are so many questions that are riddling my brain when it comes to my baby girl, and its not only about how the heck I am going to be squeezing out a baby from my very own little vagina in just 10ish weeks. I am so excited about that first moment when she exits my body and is placed into my arms. I am so excited for bringing her home and introducing her to our Obie. I am so excited to get to know her and her little quirks and I am so so so beyond excited that Tama and I are going to be doing this together. It really is true when they say that a baby brings people together- we haven’t felt closer before than we have since finding out about our little surprise. My point is, is that even though there is lots to be nervous for (and I am under no illusion that there is LOTS), I am basking in the excitement too.

Stretchy. Pants.

Positives of Pregnancy

Need I elaborate on this one? Need I elaborate on the fact that I have not only purchased  pairs of maternity joggers for the means of being pregnant, but for the means of something to wear after feasting out on Christmas dinner, or for a really REALLY good lazy day? No. I do not need to elaborate- I am sure you understand, but if not then you MUST purchase a pair of maternity joggers right now from H&M. 

People wanting to look after you

Positives of pregnancy

Yes, I picture this as a scene of me lounging about on a gorgeous sleigh-style chaise-longue, draped with Egyptian silks and linens suggestively with winged eye liner flicking up my temples and my hair cascading shiningly down as I prop myself up on one elbow being  fed grapes and fanned by palm tree leaves.  Some relaxing music going on in the background wouldn’t go amiss either. Being pregnant encourages the people around you to be nicer than usual and to want to do things for you to make your life easier. I’m talking offering much needed foot rubs, shoulder rubs, hip rubs; hair washing; dinner cooking; dog walking; cleaning; pillow fluffing… you name it, people tend to offer. Its a very lovely side order with pregnancy and I am so so grateful to all who have helped make this experience that much easier for me by being so lovely and helpful!

The no-shaming naps

positives of pregnancy

You are building a human, which is thirsty, hungering and tiring work. You are entitled to your mid day naps. I know a few ladies who take naps during their lunch break at work. From being pregnant over the Christmas holidays, I had 2 solid weeks of being able to fit in an afternoon nap, but going back to work made me soooo tired. I think now, when I get home from work, I slide on the jammies, make some dinner, turn on Gilmore Girls to watch an episode or two and then promptly fall asleep on the couch until my other half gets home from work. I then go to bed about an hour later. The greatest thing about being able to freely take naps is that NOBODY JUDGES, making you feel less guilty about wasting away some of the day. You need the rest, girl… so take it when you can. Lord knows, it will be almost impossible when the baby arrives!

The trippy dreams

I have woken up feeling hyped for the day all because of the pregnancy dreams I am having, and I have woken up feeling great. Trust me when I say that you will never quite understand how trippy dreams can be until you begin building a human within your body. Dem pregnancy dreams be trippy.

NO PERIOD PARADE

Sure, with pregnancy comes its trials and tribulations too, but gals… NO PERIODS. Again, this is another fab feature of being with child. No stomach cramps from hell, no bleeding through to your trousers… NO MORE PERIODS.

Never Alone

Positives of pregnancy

The most beautiful thing about pregnancy for me is that no matter how low I may feel, or how much I might be experiencing FOMO when pregnant, I can never forget that I am truly never alone. I am with my child always, she is with me and that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

 

Unique Gender Reveal Party idea that You Will Remember Forever…

Well, I am now passed the 20 week mark, in fact today, I am officially 21 weeks! 19 weeks (roughly) to go till we get to meet our little baby! My guess is that if you have come from Pinterest, you are also at the stage where you are going to find out the gender of your soon-to-be human, and I am sure, like me, you are literally bouncing in your seat in anticipation for when the big moment comes. I wanted to share the surprise with my friends and family, so a gender reveal was on the cards… but it had to be a unique gender reveal idea and something that I hadn’t seen before.

Unique Gender Reveal Idea

Thinking of a unique gender reveal idea was bloody hard work… some people have been extremely creative in theirs overtime… best believe I did lots of YouTube searching to see what crazy ideas came my way and they ranged from the good old fashioned Balloon popping to a plane releasing coloured ping pong balls all over the party from way up high.

I wasn’t going to quite measure up to the plane idea, but I had an idea that involved paint, hands and a box and it was going to work. Gosh darnit, it was going to have to work.

My Unique Gender Reveal Idea

I had my 20 week anomaly scan on Friday 16th March and everything looked to be good. 3 words for ya, What. A. Relief! Is it normal to feel so nervous before a scan that you almost throw up? Its maybe just my pessimism that is playing a main role in my life when going for scans, but I always feel like they can show you the best news or the worst news. Thankfully, the worst news was not the case and we enjoyed the foreign feeling tour of my uterus, peering into the world of our delightful little baby.

The radiographer told my wonderful man the sex while I looked away from the tell tale screen. Tam is definitely one for holding secrets and maintaining a very mysterious aura, so he was absolutely in his element while arranging the gender reveal in secret. I was stuck between the fact that I was really wanting to press him for information but at the same time I only had to wait a day until myself and my family and friends found out so it wasn’t so bad- and I really wanted to make the gender reveal party that much better by being genuinely surprised!

I was toying with the idea of a gender reveal party for ages, humming and hawing as to whether I should do it or not. I didn’t know anyone of my old peers to do anything like it, so I wasn’t sure if it was normality in Scotland. I loved watching the genuinely surprised reactions of the parents to be and the “woohoo!” of the supportive families and friends within the viral YouTube videos, but I didn’t want to do the “normal” type of reveal so the thinking cap went on.

The Unique Gender Reveal Idea underway

I came up with the idea of getting a box, decorating it with my theme colours (pink and blue), buying 2 colours of acrylic paint (pink and blue), a long portrait canvas, and a scarf to blindfold myself. 

It took about 8 explanations for Tama to fully understand what was required of him in this reveal,  but by Jove he got it. He basically was the only person who knew what the gender was before the reveal (which was a fact that he loved to remind me of by the way). The idea that I had was basically that he had to pour the colour of the gender (ie pink for girl, blue for boy (sorry for being so unoriginal)) into the base of the box, I was to be blindfolded and he was to place my hands into the box, ensure they were fully coated in the coloured paint and then he would lead my hands to the canvas where he held them down so that my prints were made. I would then lift up my hands, remove the blindfold (or rather, get Tama to do it as my hands were a bit painted at the time), and to my surprise I found… MY HAND PRINTS IN THE COLOUR OF MY DREAMS…. Tama would then pick up the canvas and turn it round to the patiently waiting spectators and shared the reaction of happiness, glee and downright euphoria. 

The Best bit?

What is especially awesome about this idea is the fact that we have now got this canvas for a lifetime. My plan was to ensure my prints were pretty centred and to leave enough of a space so that when the baby came along, we could get their prints in the middle and Tama’s on the outside, and hang this up in the nursery as a momento of the greatest day ever. 

Sure you can use the good old balloons with coloured confetti, or the coloured cake sponge etc (I am not belittling any of these ideas, they just weren’t particularly for me!), or you could give it a good amount of thought to come up with something that will allow you a physical memory for the rest of your lives. I would highly recommend the canvas idea, I have a video just below of our gender reveal party 

Can you guess what we are having? All will be revealed…

Our Beautiful Gender Reveal party

Its a baby GIRL!!!

Now to think of names and buy a crap tonne of baby clothes. We are so delighted in this news and cannot wait to welcome our little honey bun to our wonderful little world. 

What is the First Trimester really like in pregnancy?

You’re pregnant! Its amazing, you are so uncontrollably happy and excited about what is to come! That was the case for me, or at least I thought it would have been when I would eventually see that positive sign on the pregnancy test. What came after the test was somewhat different from what I would have expected- and it got me to thinking… what is the first Trimester really like in pregnancy?

Before even Knowing for sure that I was pregnant

The realistic side of first trimester in pregnancy

I have to say that before I even found out I was pregnant, and before it was even an inkling of possibility in my head, I was going through a bit of a different and strange mental state. My emotions were quite literally flailing all over the place as if independent from my body. It was a bit of a worrying time filled with anxiety and dread when it came to my job and other personal problems. It baffles me now that the possibility of being pregnant never really popped into my head at that point, especially when I had a rather embarrassing breakdown in front of my boss about stress. 

Looking back now, it could have been SO obvious that I was pregnant just by looking at my behaviours and attitudes- it was so unlike me to be acting like this. It even got to the point where I was becoming so worried about my mental health that I booked a doctor’s appointment to talk over my anxiety and stress. The first trimester is all about the hormonal moodswings and emotions!

The initial shock of finding out

I always used  to imagine my immediate reaction to be super excited or super distraught… but what I didn’t expect was  the full on theme park of rollercoaster emotions that went on. You can read about how it all went by reading my Pregnancy Discovery post.

What was your reaction to finding the positive sign on the pregnancy test?

Baby bumps in the first trimester

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It Might have been a bit pre-emptive when the day after finding out I was pregnant (1st December 2017) I was checking for a bump. Wishful thinking! I have always been obsessed with baby bumps and wished that when I was lucky enough to become pregnant I would have a cute little bump that I could balance a cup of tea upon (ah lets see if this happens) while munching on Jammy Dodgers and Rich Tea Biscuits, so when I found out I was pregnant I was already imagining a baby bump forming. It got even more ridiculous when I forced my sister to take a photo of me and my bump literally the day after finding out about being pregnant (this makes me cringe now, lol).

I knew that bumps were not an immediate thing to show, but being pregnant, I was just so excited to start seeing a change, afterall, how could I be feeling so significantly different within myself and not  show any change whatsoever on the outside? It was just bizarre to me!

My bump didn’t start showing til the usual 16 week mark, but even then I expected  it to be larger than it was!

Morning Sickness in the first trimester

As a bit of a pessimist, I expected my morning sickness to be one of hellish nature having heard all of the horror stories. I used to have a bit of a phobia of being sick and the thought of putting my body through something that would promote being sick on most days made me hate the idea of pregnant. 

My surprise reaction to finding out I was pregnant was partly due to the fact that I never once had a day of being sick or feeling sick- just mood swings and a lack of period. I always heard that being sick was one of the first symptoms of being pregnant and because of the lack of morning sickness for me, pregnancy never floated across my mind as a possibility.

Funnily enough though, I had my fair share of sickness the very next day after finding out I was pregnant and a few days after that it happened again. I wasn’t sure if my mind had just convinced itself to throw up, knowing I was pregnant and knowing that it was a side effect of pregnancy, or if it was actually a bout of morning sickness.

So I got away very lucky for morning sickness, but when it hit… oh boy it hit. I would walk around the city centre to work, covering my nose and mouth with a scarf, focusing so much on not throwing up, when all I wanted to do was barf up my guts. I have never exercised bodily control in such a successful way- and don’t even get me started on trying to control it when I was on one of the Glasgow First Buses to the city centre.

The good news was that the suggested methods to avoid or prevent morning sickness worked for me- ginger nuts before getting up and a cup of tea with some sugar, sparkling water, ready salted crisps and just remaining full at all times helped. 

Cravings

What is the first trimester really like in pregnancy?

I have heard of some of the wildest cravings EVER for women who have been pregnant. From a woman who craved lumps of coal, to a woman who woke up at 3am with the oddest craving of cheerios and milk, not in a normal china bowl, but in a carved out watermelon bowl… I was expecting to eat some of the weirdest stuff. My biggest fear being that I would start craving my most hated food ever… (and don’t judge me for this) cheese (seriously, this hatred of mine has ended friendships before because some people just can’t handle another me hating on their beloved cheese). Thankfully the only craving I have had including cheese, was pizza and oddly enough I love pizza so it wasn’t a problem.

I had cravings for Flaming Hot Monster Munch (I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THESE BAD BOYS), mangos, pineapples, vinegar, sparkling water (I used to hate sparkling water because it just tasted like spicy water without a flavour). Thankfully I haven’t desired a lump of coal or a watermelon bowl of cheerios and milk, so its reasonably easy to feed these cravings.

Aches and Pains

Sciatica, leg cramps, sore nips… these were just a handful of the aches and pains I have experienced during my first trimester and unfortunately these have all carried over to my second trimester so I am praying that they go away eventually!

One of the worst was when I had a solid 4 weeks of killer headaches that were so bad I couldn’t even sleep. The leg cramp I experienced a week ago was up there with one of the worst cramps I have ever experienced in my entire life.

Exhaustion

Ugh, this one was a killer during my first trimester, and it is extremely common. Its important to try and keep your iron levels up because feeling tired can be a common sign of being anaemic and being anaemic during pregnancy is a big thing to avoid if possible! Thankfully it has eased up a bit in the second trimester but for the first trimester, I was just a walking bag of snoozeville. The trouble was that I was on holiday for Christmas for 2 whole weeks which meant that I got into the habit of taking a mid-afternoon nap every day. Returning back to work in January felt a bit like a cruel joke. It was the most difficult thing ever to go through a solid 8 hours without being able to retreat to my bed half way through. Coming home from work,  I would be a crabbit mess and demand my bed before dinner but it wasn’t always like this thankfully. 

so… What is the realistic side of the first Trimester in pregnancy? Well…

The realistic side of pregnancy

What I have learned through my first trimester of pregnancy is that no two pregnancies are ever the same! Take it from the Mums who post on forum boards, blogs and even your midwife. Something that I experience could be entirely different from what you experience. Its quite to cool to think a pregnancy is such a unique experience.

There is no general side to pregnancy, so what might be realistic for me might be the dream of yours and vice versa!

It will all be worth the exhaustion in the end (plus a couple of months lol) and I cannot wait to meet my little bumble bump!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Miscarriage scare… sudden bleeding and cramps don’t always mean a miscarriage!

A miscarriage scare

I only knew I was pregnant for a week before I had a miscarriage scare. I bought some Folic acid tablets, broccoli, so much other healthy superfood that you’d think I was Pop-eye the Sailor Man. I even started my Amazon wishlist in the hopes that I would stock up with everything I needed before the bambino would arrive. I started a new pinboard on pinterest to get my much-needed research done!

I was prepping myself for the excitement to come and napping during the day. This pregnancy was going to be taken very seriously as I wanted to make sure I gave my baby the best chance to develop as possible.

Miscarriage scare

The symptoms of my miscarriage scare

I was becoming complacent to the fact that I was pregnant and expecting a child mid 2018 and I was preparing my mind for the chaos to come when at work I felt sudden extreme stomach cramping. My thoughts were that this sucks! The great thing about being pregnant was the lack of periods and thus the lack of cramping (I get extremely bad stomach cramps that literally floor me during my time of the month)- why did I get the short straw? Then I suddenly felt it… (sorry if you are squeamish, I would leave now as this is going to become too much information soon). I felt that horrible feeling of my period starting extremely heavily and blood essentially pouring out of me. It was very disconcerting especially since I didn’t have any warning signs of my period coming and that was when it hit me… that this was not a normal “period”.

“a clot the same size as the palm of my hand had sunk to the bottom of the toilet…”

I quickly ran to the bathroom at work and sat down on the toilet before I felt something falling out of me and making a quiet splash when it landed (no it wasn’t poop- this is a serious topic so please just bare with me!). I didn’t think much of it but after peeing, I wiped and found there to be a fleshy clot sticking to the toilet paper.  Now, I have actually experienced something similar to this before in 2014 but I had no idea that it might be related to being pregnant as the thought of being pregnant never crossed my mind at the time. I wiped a few times and I was bleeding ridiculously heavily- panic began to set in.  I looked down at the toilet, without even touching concern of the unhygienic factor, I threw my hand right in there and swirled through the dissolving tissue to see the most disheartening view of my life. A clot the same size as the palm of my hand had sunk to the bottom of the toilet. This was what fell from me and at the sight, my heart sunk to the bottom of my stomach.

I had to go to a director’s meeting literally 3 minutes after a miscarriage scare and act like nothing happened…

The worst thing about this was that I was at work and I was literally just about to go into a 2-hour intensive business meeting with the company director. The pressure to keep composed was too real as I was sure that I had literally just miscarried my baby that I had already grown so fond of. Holding back the tears was hard enough but not carrying out my urge to walk out in a dramatic fashion was even more difficult.  I stuffed the dreadful image to the back of my head quickly and went into the meeting. You might call me heartless, but I felt at that point and time that my heart had just left my body and left me exposed and terrified.

After the meeting I came straight home and burst into tears within my partner’s arms. This was confirmation that my body was rejecting even the most innocent of things. My body betrayed my love, hopes and dreams and I immediately ran down the rabbit hole of despair.

I convinced myself that I didn’t know the outcome yet and I had to wait until my midwife appointment which was thankfully the next afternoon. I tried to suppress the feelings until then.

Heading to the Midwife!

Heading nervously towards the midwife practise down the road, I was eager to find out what advice they could offer me. When I got there I was seen 20 minutes later. The wait was agonising. It was the first thing I blurted out to my new midwife and the sweet lady tried to comfort me and advised me to phone the EPA unit of my chosen delivery hospital straight after our booking appointment.

I decided to call the EPA unit straight after the appointment but was left with no answer or a busy line. It was so stressful and the fact that I couldn’t get through made it even worse.

I tried calling about 75 times that evening before it became too obvious that they were closed.

I decided to call again the next day and I finally got through. I explained the situation to the midwife on the phone who urged me to come to the EPA unit the next day after hearing what happened. She was also convinced it was a miscarriage but didn’t confirm this on the phone. She also advised me to try another pregnancy test in the morning and if it was positive I was to still head into the unit whereas if it was negative then I should cancel the appointment as it was confirmation that the baby had gone.

The day of either doom or haven

The next day sprung up and I woke up at the crack of dawn to head to the grocery store to buy some more pregnancy tests. I traipsed back home exhausted but quickly as I was rather desperate for my first morning pee. Quickly I unwrapped the test and peed on the stick for 5 seconds. It was almost an instantaneous positive reaction. What was so odd to me was that I actually felt a bit disappointed and because of that, I felt tremendously guilty and like I was a terrible person. I felt like I got given the chance to get things fixed before we thought of having a baby and that this was a false alarm pregnancy.  I relaxed myself thinking that my HCG levels would not have returned to normal yet since the miscarriage so it was likely that I would still test as positive for pregnancy even if I had miscarried so I took the test with a pinch of salt.

I went along to the hospital and got seen by a couple of lovely midwives before I got my scan taken to ensure the baby was still there. This was the worst wait ever and I was only offered relief after the freezing cold gel was squeezed all over my lower abdomen and then smooshed over by the scanner. They never tell you how uncomfortable this feeling is when you have to pee, but take my word for it. I carefully watched the midwife’s face to see her reaction when looking around my womb for the signs of life. Relief washed over me when she finally said “Oh goodness you have a baby with a heart beat! Congratulations!” I thought I was going to pass out! How is this baby still there after I bled that much?

The baby was still there… still alive!

miscarriage scare

Even the midwife was shocked and had said that she was expecting to have to do some internal examinations and bloodwork to ensure I was still healthy following a miscarriage.

Even though I was feeling relief earlier when I thought I miscarried, I suddenly realised how happy I was that I had just found out my body was accepting this tiny blip of a baby.

The midwife turned the screen to face me and showed me around my own womb as if I was a tourist. She pointed out the fact that it appeared I had twin egg sacks and one was now empty whereas the other was full of a baby.

What was the cause of my miscarriage scare?

She suggested that the bleeding was as a result of the second baby having not been strong enough to continue developing and having miscarried, but it could have been a multitude of things. My body tends to do this strange thing where odd occurrences happen for no apparent reason and it leaves us all with somewhat of a question mark. She then printed out a couple of pictures for us to keep. I felt like I cheated the normal pregnancy! Most people don’t get their scan until 12 weeks of being pregnant, but here I was at 6.6 weeks viewing my little egg sack blip. It was awesome to peek into that secret little world within me.

So relieved, I went back home and we celebrated by eating broccoli and drinking ginger tea! We were back on track and I had some catching up to do with my folic acid pills and research. When I was given my midwife suggested reading books, I couldn’t bring myself to read it until I knew the situation for certain. That night I spent hours making up for lost time by reading books and my pinned articles from other Mum to be blogs. I stuck the baby scan up to the kitchen fridge and everyday since I have looked adoringly at it.

Have you had a miscarriage scare? Don’t fear the worst immediately! Head to the midwife or call the hospital for professional advice before jumping to conclusions

What is so odd to me now is that my whole body is giving this baby its all, working overtime and producing the baby’s vital organs, skin, hair and nails, a brain to store memories of a lifetime and the chance to learn how to love and I can’t even feel it happening. How can all the change going on inside your body be happening without you even hearing or feeling it? Without you even being able to even understand how complex the process is. It’s a strange experience! We are so much smarter than we give ourselves credit, ladies. Building a baby from scratch is just insane but we do it naturally, how awesome is that?

So the message here is that, if you have bled heavily at the same time as experiencing sudden and extreme stomach cramps, it can be tempting to point it towards a miscarriage (and it is a very strong possibility that this is the truth of the situation), however please do not immediately jump to conclusions.  Get yourself an appointment at your delivery hospital, talk to your midwife and seek professional advice immediately. While we are smart enough to produce a baby naturally, we need the professionals to confirm scary situations like these for us, otherwise we would drive ourselves crazy when we don’t even have to. Finally, do not lose hope!

If you have unfortunately suffered a miscarriage, please know that you are never alone. You might feel like it at the time as you have just effectively lost 2 hearts within your body at once, but you also have proven to yourself that your body is stronger than you might have originally given credit. Your baby will always be with you and you have been surrounded by its light when trying to mentally recover. My heart goes out to anybody who has experienced a miscarriage and I would urge you to seek help if you are really struggling with coming to terms with it. I am also always here for support if you ever need it from somebody you don’t know- I live to help others feel better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metallic taste in mouth during pregnancy? Yupp, its normal!

So the first trimester, as we all know, grabs you quite literally by the lady-balls and twists some pregnancy realism on you. Pregnancy is wonderful, I LOVE being pregnant, but there are some things that I could really REALLY do without. One of those being Dysgeusia, which is the oddly reoccurring metallic taste during pregnancy. 

What is Dysgeusia?

A lot of Mums-to-be can alleviate the nauseated feeling of morning sickness by munching on dry biscuits such as ginger nuts, crackers or Rich Teas, but what is a woman to do when there is some hefty morning sickness and Dysgeusia present? Dysgeusia is another gross side affect of the wonderful miracle that is pregnancy. It causes a pregnant woman to have an overbearing metallic taste in her mouth which has often been referred to tasting as though she has been chewing on pennies or aluminium foil. For some, it can also mean that the taste can increase the nauseated feeling because it can be so overpoweringly bad. 

Is Dysgeusia normal in pregnancy? I haven’t heard of it before!

While Dysgeusia can be a bit disgusting and difficult to get used to, its important to know that it is perfectly normal for a pregnant woman to experience. The reason behind most gross pregnancy side affects and symptoms can be drawn to usually one thing… Hormone overload. With the changing levels of estrogen in your body, your taste is changing just as much and its causing your taste buds to be producing some odd flavours for you. It doesn’t have to just be metallic flavours though, some people experience sour, burnt or salty flavours too. You might also realise that your sense of smell has been heightened due to pregnancy and this can also be reactive to your taste buds fluctuating.

What Dysgeusia was like for the Clueless Mama

I noticed I had Dysgeusia during my 4th week of pregnancy. It was noticeable because it was occurring after each time I ate something and it wouldn’t matter what I ate, be it fruit, vegetables, soup, the odd snack here and there, it would always strike soon after eating. Its almost as if my saliva was becoming more and more unbearable in my own mouth (sorry, TMI, I know!).

It made morning sickness even more of a difficulty because at first, the new metallic taste in my mouth was destroying the dry biscuits I was consuming and the new taste would make me gag more. 

Its not so bad though, because with morning sickness, Dysgeusia should begin to leave a pregnant woman after the first trimester. Its not guaranteed that this is the case but over the course of 8 weeks, I have to admit that the metallic taste has somewhat become regulated and a lot more bearable for me. Its something that I am getting used to because I know how to counteract the hideous flavours in my mouth.

How can I get rid of the metallic taste that Dysgeusia brings?

 

Dysgeusia

 

  • Lemon water – This worked miracles with me- just squeeze some lemon into some water, but make sure you use ice cold water to flush the taste buds. It seems to be something citrusy that always counteracted the metallic flavour for me. 
  • Milk- its important not to drink too much dairy, but if the metallic taste has stayed there for long enough, a wee glass of milk will help save the day!
  • Minty chewing gum- this goes without saying, it can refresh the taste buds, or you could try brushing your teeth. Be careful not to brush your tongue as its probably going to make you gag… those reflexes are not as great as they used to be when pregnant!
  • Hot and Spicy food!- Try something spicy (but not too spicy, you don’t want to bring in the good ole’ heartburn or indigestion!)
  • Vinegar surprisingly worked well for me! I thought this would make the taste more unbearable but then… I love the taste of vinegar so it seemed to work for me.
  • Some people have suggested eating pickles!

Dysgeusia is not permanent, you got this mama!

Its a very common pregnancy symptom but its not so widely known about, which is why I made the blog post to help calm your pregnancy nerves.

You got it mama, we are all in this together! Just keep in mind the little bambino that you are doing this for!