Ptyalism

■ 1st trimester

Along with feeling nauseated, you may be experiencing excessive salivation. This is called ptyalism. It's a somewhat unusual side effect of pregnancy, but very real and can be annoying. However, it's not an indication that anything is wrong. It may be that you're not really producing more saliva, but that you're not swallowing as much as usual because of your nausea.

■ Prevention and self-care for ptyalism

If you're experiencing ptyalism, it may be helpful to cut back on starchy foods. Otherwise, when your nausea begins to decrease, this problem is likely to ease off as well.

■ When to seek medical care for ptyalism

Excessive salivation by itself doesn't require medical care. However, if you have pain with swallowing or difficulty swallowing, tell your health care provider.

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