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Hate Brushing my Teeth!

edited March 2015 in October 2015 Moms
I don't have problems with morning sickness, but brushing my teeth is the worst! It makes me gag and dry heave. And my stomach feels like it's in knots for about 5 minutes or so. Which is horrible because lately I feel the need to brush my teeth about 4 times a day to keep the food taste out of my mouth! Anyone else have this issue? Or any tips? Anything and everything is greatly appreciated! :)
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  • I remember someone mentioning that they started using Barbie cotton candy flavored toothpaste because they couldn't handle the mint taste of normal toothpaste. Maybe try that?
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  • That's always my first indication I'm pregnant. In 7 pregnancies I've never had nausea, but I gag on toothpaste!
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  • I can't handle mint toothpaste, I have to use cinnamon. Brushing in the morning is a million times worse than brushing at night. But if I don't brush in the morning I get sick from the morning breath.
  • Ugh, brushing my teeth makes me actually throw up every single day!  I had the same thing when I was pregnant with DD, too.  I dread it, but I honestly haven't figured out anything that works to help it.
  • I either gag or throw up every time I brush. I changed my toothpaste, got a toothbrush with a smaller head and brush all of my teeth on the outside and front first, I do the inner back teeth last so at least if I gag I don't have to keep brushing. And I don't brush my tongue anymore because it makes me throw up. I use a fluoride rinse and water pik instead of floss.
  • mouthwash?

    I had the same thing with my first pregnancy. This time I legit throw up.
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  • I had this with my first and I have it again. Gag reflex is bad. I hope this isn't tmi but the husband isn't getting any you know what for awhile either...

    I did, gagged and threw up. That was the end of that...
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  • YES!! Ugh I hate brushing my teeth.  I didn't think about changing flavors.  That is a good idea!
  • I either gag or throw up every time I brush. I changed my toothpaste, got a toothbrush with a smaller head and brush all of my teeth on the outside and front first, I do the inner back teeth last so at least if I gag I don't have to keep brushing. And I don't brush my tongue anymore because it makes me throw up. I use a fluoride rinse and water pik instead of floss.

    Brushing my tongue is the worst!!! I'm going to Target today anyway so I'm going to try a different toothpaste, non-mint. And get a fluoride rinse because this is gross. Thank you so much for all your suggestions!
  • i so hate brushing my teeth , i start to gag and then i just end throwing up a yellow liquid ewww :((
  • I had that problem my first pregnancy for about the first 12 weeks and the last couple weeks. I would lightly brush with mouthwash and that seemed to help, but I did still gag sometimes.

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  • I dread every morning when I have to brush my teeth. I use to get ready with DH in the morning for work, but now I have to wait until he's out because I know I'm about to have a puke fest. The worst  :-&

  • I thought it was just me! I'm over 10 weeks and it has seemed to have subsided now. I haven't had any nausea so the fact that brushing my teeth made me gag was so odd. Thanks for sharing!
    jamielynne1533
  • This makes me gag also. I've only actually puked 3x after brushing my teeth but i always gag when i brush my tongue. If i don't have to be anywhere in morning i try to eat before brushing teeth & that seems to help. I am 9w3d & either things are easing up or i'm just getting better at avoiding situations/smells/food that make me sick
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  • @Missygirl511 I'm also 9wks+3 and it is getting better for me too, I just feel queasy ... But I can peacefully brush my teeth again!
  • Me too! Not gonna lie last night I just used mouth wash cuz I knew I would throw up if I brushed. Heading into week 8 this weekend and sickness is getting worse. I'll do anything to keep food in my stomach.
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  • Forget what I said yesterday .... This morning was dry heaving and burping city!!
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  • Just thinking of brushing my teeth makes me eat to gag. This morning was the worst so far.
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  • I started using my son's toothpaste and for whatever reason, it's helping! :) I'm so hoping this goes away around 12 weeks! I'm 10 weeks 1 day now. So come on second trimester!
  • Yeah, both my first pregnancy and this one I have a hardcore gag reflex. Even just thinking about brushing my teeth or swallowing pills or something like that makes me gag! I have to use lots of water and be super quick taking all my pills and vitamins in the mornings! And as for brushing teeth, I just do it as fast as I can and only do the front of my tongue instead of the whole thing.
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  • Yes ma'am brushing is the WORST part of my day! I actually feel sick for about 20mins after!
  • I found if I use mouthwash first then brush and don't spend
  • Too much time on my tongue!
  • :-& yes, brushing my teeth is torture.  I gag the whole time. 
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    Lol, I've had gagging/dry heaving and tummy in knots for minutes after teeth brushing ALL MY LIFE but only on morning brushing. It's a bit worse now I'm pregnant but I've always thought I was a bit weird with this issue.
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