9 weeks pregnant – What is this metallic taste in my mouth!?

9 weeks pregnant - feeling sick

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This week had been an absolute nightmare. Whenever I ate or drunk anything, I would get this horrible taste in my mouth that tasted like… metal! It’s not that I know what metal tastes like, but I imagine that it was this horrible lingering taste that I would get 24 hours a day. I had been scared to eat because coupled with nausea, this aftertaste was tipping me over the edge. The only temporary solution to combating this terrible symptom was chewing gum or anything that had a more overpowering flavour.

But, it never lasted…

I read that it is quite normal to experience this taste in your mouth, which is scientifically known as “Dysgeusia”.

I decided to draw up a mini nutrition plan that involved consuming as many vitamins and minerals as possible, but I knew this would be difficult, and expensive. I figured that if I ate a bit more fibre in my diet, it may solve the constipation problem and even get rid of that horrible metallic taste in my mouth, so I started incorporating cereals and plenty of fruit into my diet. I had put on weight too as I hadn’t thrown up from the morning sickness YET. But, I kept wondering when the time would come when the dreaded morning sickness would catch up with me. I still looked quite dull and grey too… I thought you were meant to glow during your pregnancy??

I was still also feeling pretty rubbish and depressed. I couldn’t even wash up because the smell from the kitchen made me feel sick. In fact, everything made me feel sick. I couldn’t go outside because even the smell of nature made me feel sick. I just wanted to curl into a ball and watch some meaningless TV. I certainly didn’t want to go to work… How long was this rubbish period going to last?

A fun fact – Your baby weighs under 10g!

The Science Part

Week 9 - My Pregnancy Journey - Image by Charlotte Watkins
Your baby at 9 weeks

  • Your baby will measure at about 2.3cm in length and weigh in at less than 2g.
  • The eyelids are fused and completely covering his eyes and won’t open until week 26.
  • Tiny earlobes are now visible.
  • He’s starting to look more human now.
  • His wrists are more developed, his ankles have formed and his fingers and toes are clear to see.
  • His arms are now growing longer and bending at the elbows.
  • It is still not possible to tell the sex of the baby, but his genitals are now forming.
  • By now, the placenta is producing important hormones, making nutrients for your baby and getting rid of his waste products.

Your pregnancy signs and symptoms

  • You should have had your first antenatal appointment about now, called your booking appointment.
  • Your midwife will take a blood sample for routine tests.
  • You might be feeling a bit emotional at the moment thanks to the raging hormones
  • Do trial and error to see what helps you feel better during morning sickness. I find lemon and ginger really helps – try it in tea!
  • Frequent peeing and fatigue is still going strong. You may find you have nasal congestion and headaches – again that’s hormones. Thanks, hormones!

Your next steps

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  • Support your baby’s bone development by eating foods that are rich in vitamin D and calcium
  • Make sure you’re keeping up with your folic acid
  • You qualify for free dental care – so make sure you’ve filled out your form – ask your GP/midwife for more details
  • Take a picture of your belly if you haven’t done so already – a weekly picture is a lovely keepsake to have to watch you grow over the months!

Note:  These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your midwife.

*Illustrations by Charlotte Watkins

If you have any questions about her work, please contact Charlotte via her website, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn*

Leyla Preston (583 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/