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Excessive Salivation and Urination

Excessive salivation and urination is one of the concerns of pregnant women. Read more about the cause of excessive salivation and urination during pregnancy.

Why Am I Salivating so Much?

Pregnant women often feel that they are salivating more than normal. This is particularly true in case of expectant moms who suffer from severe nausea and vomiting. Excessive salivation also referred to as ptyalism or sialorrhea is a condition which will not cause any harm to your unborn baby. Needless to say, it can be very unpleasant and irritating for you to spit frequently.

The cause of excessive salivation in women who are expecting a baby is usually attributed to hormonal changes which happen during the early stages of pregnancy. Sometimes nausea can make women swallow less resulting in excessive built up of saliva in the mouth.

Increased salivation can also be because of heartburn and acidity which is common during pregnancy. Some of the other irritants include tooth decay, oral infections and exposure to smoke.

In fact there is not much you can do about reducing the saliva in your mouth. However some of the following measures can help you cope with it better:

1)      Brushing the teeth 2-3 times a day and making regular use of mouthwash.


2)      Avoiding excessive intake of starchy food


3)      Having frequent, small meals throughout the day


4)      Keeping the body well hydrated by drinking water at regular intervals.


5)      Sucking on chewing gum or hard candy which will make it easy for you to swallow the saliva.

Why am I Urinating so Much?

Excessive urination is another common issue in pregnant women. After you conceive, hormonal changes make the blood flow more quickly through the kidneys thereby filling the bladder often. During pregnancy the amount of blood in your body also increases. This results in extra fluid being processed by the kidneys which eventually reach the bladder. A growing uterus too can add to the pressure on the bladder and create an urge to urinate frequently.

Another peculiar thing which most pregnant women complain of is the need to urinate frequently at night. This happens because when you lie down on the bed, fluid which may have been retained in your feet and legs during day time enters the blood stream and eventually the urinary bladder.

Towards the end of pregnancy, the fetus moves lower in preparation for delivery. This increases the pressure on the bladder increasing the frequency of urination further. Sometimes if the muscles around the urethra are week little urine may also leak out in pregnant women.

How to Deal with Frequent Urination During Pregnancy?

a)       It helps to lean forward while urinating. By doing so you will be able to empty your bladder completely each time. This will mean fewer trips to the bathroom.

b)       Reduce or completely abstain from having coffee, tea, colas and other drinks which contain caffeine.

c)       Many women cut down their liquid consumption under the assumption that this will help in controlling frequent urination. However by limiting your liquid intake you will deprive the body and your unborn baby of the much needed vital fluids and get dehydrated. Dehydration can cause urinary tract infection which may take long to treat.

Is it True that Some People do not Urinate that Much?

Majority of pregnant women have to put up with excessive urination during pregnancy. Sometimes even when the bladder is empty pregnant women may feel the urge to urinate. Many pregnant women leak urine when laughing, coughing or sneezing. During pregnancy it is normal for women to visit the bathroom frequently. Since pressure on the bladder is largely to be blamed for excessive urination this is a common problem which almost all pregnant women face throughout their pregnancy.

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