Are you one of those people who feel better when they’re pregnant? You have that constant pregnancy glow. You sleep better, food tastes better, and you only gain weight on your tummy? If you are that person then you might not be able to relate to this article.
I, on the other hand, was not that person! Let me preface with the fact that it was all worth it and I would do it again, but I was definitely surprised by some pregnancy “perks”.
4 Pregnancy “Perks”
I try to stay pretty consistent with my dental appointments. I had one appointment when I was a couple months pregnant and then another when I had a newborn. When I had my second appointment I was chit chatting with my dentist about being a new mom and he happened to mention that it’s common for new moms to have more issues with their gums and teeth after pregnancy.
When your body starts growing your little baby, it goes through tons of hormonal changes. Those hormonal changes can increase your chance of getting gum disease, which can affect your growing baby.
Let’s be honest, how many of you moms out there would gag every time you tried to brush your teeth? Some of us might have even skipped brushing our teeth now and then. And this one probably goes without saying, but lots of throwing up can lead to tooth damage.
I don’t know why it was so surprising to me but upon further research, I found out that it’s even more important to continue your dentist appointments during pregnancy. Just make sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant so they can protect the little babe if x-rays are needed.
Feeling nauseous and maybe a little vomiting is pretty common around 6 weeks of being pregnant. More than 50% of women get morning sickness and what’s to blame? Hormones, again!
Some doctors think morning sickness is a good thing because it means the placenta is developing well. So, that makes me feel a little better about it.
Morning sickness usually subsides after 12 weeks, so the 2nd trimester is a little bit nicer. But everyone is different. I was pretty sick up until 15 weeks of pregnancy and I’ve known plenty of women who threw up throughout their entire pregnancy. The important thing is to let your doctor know all those deets.
And a few quick tips for morning sickness:
- Eat small meals every couple of hours
- Always have snacks on hand (goldfish were my go-to)
- Carry water with you everywhere (and drink it)
- Take naps if/when possible
- If you can’t nap then take rest periods
Pre-pregnancy delusions I had included exercising throughout my entire pregnancy, sleeping as much as I could before the baby, and eating healthy.
When morning sickness hit, I was just in survival mode, which meant eat whatever I want and when I want it. Sadly, I wasn’t always craving veggies, and meats made me sick (bye protein), so I got by on… less healthy options.
But one thing that is crucial for your baby and their development, is folate. And folate is commonly found in your diet (fresh fruits, veggies, and fortified cereals).
Overcooking your food can also decrease the vitamins within, so my lack of cooking skills don’t help me out either.
During pregnancy, your doctor will regularly check your folate levels and if you’re low will recommend some changes to get those levels back up.
Metal Taste In Mouth
Okay, this one is so random and weird that I don’t know if I would have believed it if I hadn’t gotten this myself. Nobody warned me about this one, so I found myself Googling, “metal taste in mouth”, to make sure I wasn’t going crazy.
It tasted like I had been sucking on a penny all day. The only upside to this bad taste in my mouth is that I drank A LOT of water to try and get rid of it. So, dehydration wasn’t an issue for me.
Anyways, it’s a thing and it’s called dysgeusia. Not everyone gets the metal taste in the mouth, it can also taste: salty, burnt, rancid, or foul. I actually feel lucky that I got to taste metal instead of something rancid.
Tips for that bad taste in your mouth:
- Eat Fruits (sweet flavor and also good for folate)
- Lemon drops or minty chews (have them in your purse 24/7)
- Water (drink lots of it)
The Solution: Taking A Prenatal
Prenatals are not multivitamins with a different label, they are so much more. Prenatals are made with mama and baby in mind. Not all prenatals are created equal.
If you search far and wide you may be able to find a prenatal that can help out with the pregnancy “perks” we mentioned above.
A 2012 study (see it here) found that supplementing with vitamin B6 helped with nausea and vomiting as well as improved dental health!
Who wants another horse pill to swallow when they are on the verge of throwing up every time they brush their teeth? Having a tasty prenatal that could melt in your mouth means you can get that metallic taste out of your mouth while giving your body (and baby) the needed folate for healthy growth.