One other early symptom of pregnancy is excess saliva or ptyalism. Sometimes your saliva tastes funny or strange that you don't find it comfortable to swallow, and sometimes the saliva glands just go into overdrive. The extreme situation is when you need to spit it out all the time though this is not a common condition. The good part is that excessive saliva during pregnancy only lasts until the first trimester, after which it diminishes.
What causes excessive saliva during pregnancy..
- Once again, it's the work of hormones.
- It can also be due to nausea that is preventing you from swallowing the saliva and as such it collects in your mouth.
- Heartburn, if you have it also contributes to this
- Vomiting can also be the cause of excess saliva (in the case of throwing up and heartburn excess saliva is produced to deal with the digestive acids that is accumulating at the back of your throat)
What you can do about excessive saliva during pregnancy..
- Either brush your teeth or use a mouth wash several times a day
- Eat frequent small meals
- Drink more water; for variation drink water with freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Suck on hard candy or chew on gum or on a cut lemon piece
- If nothing else works, visit a homeopath as there are no traditional medicines to combat this situation.
- And finally be patient; this will subside most likely between weeks 12-14