Ptyalism and Pregnancy?

I have read that a symptom of pregnancy is excess saliva also called Ptyalism.
Is there anything I can do to stop it?
It's a little gross and my doctor told me that I should not worry about Ptyalism, it's a normal symptom and it should go away.
Still, if there is anything I can do to stop Ptyalism please let me know.

asked by Chloe in Pregnancy | 4655 views | 01-19-2010 at 07:10 PM

An excess of saliva, also called ptyalism, is another common symptom of pregnancy. It's unpleasant but harmless.
There really isn't a "cure" for ptyalism during pregnancy.
Some tips:

- if you are smoking this could be part of the reason for the excess saliva so try quitting, your doctor can help you if you need it.
- Brush your teeth and use mouthwash several times a day.
- I have heard mouthwash also can help with the problem.
- Other pregnant women have told me that eating more often and smaller meals that have fewer starches such as fish (be very careful with this if you are pregnant) and poultry like chicken or duck will help.
- Eat frequent small meals.
- Drink more water. Keep a water bottle handy and take frequent small sips.

In most cases, you should just swallow any excess saliva you create.

answered by Elizabeth | 01-19-2010 at 07:13 PM

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