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Excessive drooling in pregnancy

Updated: Apr 24, 2019

Can't stop drooling? Pregnancy may come with some annoying experiences and excessive salivation is one of them.

It's perfectly normal to have more drooling when you're pregnant. Excessive salivation is also known as ptyalism or sialorrhea. Salivating may be associated with nausea and vomiting. This condition is harmless, though it can be distressing. You may be woken up at night because you’re dribbling so much, or you may find swallowing difficult because it makes you feel sick.

Some women salivate more during pregnancy. Changing hormonal level may contribute to the salivation. Morning sickness also leads to increased saliva production. Heartburn may irritate salivary glands and worsen this problem.

5 useful tips to cope with excessive drooling

#1 Use mouth rinse several times a day

#2 Avoid starchy food

#3 Take some sips of water throughout the day

#4 Suck on candies or chew sugarless gums.

#5 If swallowing makes you sick, try spitting out the excess into a cup or tissue.

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