Although I usually spit when pregnant, my current experience with my third pregnancy is abnormal. I spit all day so much so that I have lost a lot of fluid. Kindly help me.
Maria (by SMS)
Although it is normal to have more saliva when you’re pregnant, excessive salivation (Ptyalism) can be worrisome and very embarrassing. Unfortunately, there may not be much else you can do, once the likelihood of any underlying disease has been eliminated. Some women report that the following measures help: Brush your teeth, and use mouthwash several times a day, eat small, well-balanced meals often, and don’t eat a lot of starchy food and drink plenty of water. Keep a water bottle handy, and take small sips frequently. (This also helps you stay hydrated.) In addition, try and swallow any excess saliva if you can. Also, try sucking on hard candy or chewing sugarless gum. This won’t make you produce less saliva, but it will make it easier to swallow the saliva you do produce. If swallowing your saliva makes you feel nauseated, spit out the excess into a tissue, washcloth, or cup. For many women, this annoying – and sometimes downright distressing – problem lessens or disappears as nausea subsides around the end of the first trimester. However, just like nausea or morning sickness, it can last throughout pregnancy for a small number of women.