"Ptyalism" is a strange-sounding word for excessive saliva. Ptyalism can occur in anyone, but it is not uncommon for pregnant women to experience this condition, especially during the first trimester.
Ptyalism is most likely to occur in pregnant women who are suffering from extreme nausea and morning sickness (called hyperemesis gravidarum). The exact cause of ptyalism during pregnancy remains uncertain, but changing hormones probably play a role. Also, women who feel nauseous may make an effort to swallow less, which allows saliva to build up in the mouth. And the heartburn and nausea can prompt the salivary glands to produce more saliva to coat the esophagus and protect against the irritation of the mouth and throat that occurs with frequent vomiting.
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There is no single cure for ptyalism. But some of these strategies might help you put up with the problem:
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