Saliva During Pregnancy

The increased production of saliva during pregnancy is also referred to as ptyalism.  Increased saliva is one of the oral cavity symptoms such as gum swelling and sensitivity.

What causes increased saliva during pregnancy?

An increased production of saliva is probably caused by the consumption of starch.  The production of saliva may be influenced by the dietary intake of each person.  Some experts believe that the increased production of saliva may be related to a difficulty in swallowing associated with nausea.

When does increased saliva occur during pregnancy?

The increased production of saliva may occur at any time during your pregnancy, but your dietary intake because of cravings is most active during the first trimester.  If it is affected by swallowing difficulties because of nausea, it most likely will occur during the first trimester.

How frequently does increased saliva occur?

The specific percentage of women that experience an increased production of saliva during their pregnancy is not known. 

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