Pregnancy is often strewn with little ailments … which are sometimes very strange. For example, since you are pregnant, you salivate enormously, so much so that it bothers you on a daily basis, or even forces you to spit, so much you cannot swallow this excess saliva. But is it normal to drool so much when you are pregnant? We tell you all about this not really easy-going and little-known pregnancy symptom!
HYPERSALIVATION DURING PREGNANCY
If you drool a lot during pregnancy, you suffer from what is called hypersalivation. Also called hypersialorrhea or ptyalism in medical jargon, this phenomenon can happen to anyone, and can occur during pregnancy. It can become embarrassing to live on a daily basis, whether at work or in the social framework, in certain extreme cases: the production can amount to 1 to 2 liters of saliva per day! It can even cause vomiting …
WHY DOES THIS AFFECT PREGNANT WOMEN?
The link between pregnancy and hypersalivation is not necessarily demonstrated, but it would be triggered by hormones. Pregnant women suffering from nausea or vomiting would seem more concerned.
Finally, gastroesophageal reflux problems can also be the cause: this symptom is quite common during pregnancy, due to the pressure of the uterus on the stomach which causes the acid content to flow back to the esophagus. The production of saliva then increases a kind of reflex of the body to soothe the esophagus. Finally, it seems that the swallowing reflex decreases during pregnancy.
WHAT SOLUTIONS TO DROOL LESS WHILE PREGNANT?
Unfortunately, there are often not 36 solutions to decrease hypersalivation. Apart from relieving your reflux, by asking your midwife or your obstetrician gynecologist for advice , you will have to get used to the idea of continuing to drool while pregnant until childbirth, or even a little after the birth of the baby.
Tips you can follow
- Try homeopathy: 5 granules of Ipecac 9 CH 3 times a day: follow our homeopathic guide.
- Eat and drink hot, the cold seeming to accentuate salivation;
- Split your meals
- Chew gum or suck on mint candy
- Do meditation or relaxation therapy to relax (stress increases the symptoms).
Finally, observe impeccable dental hygiene so as not to have unpleasant breath and increase your feelings of nausea.
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Beware of dehydration if you are affected by this pregnancy problem: be sure to drink up to 2 liters of water per day.