Dry Mouth during pregnancy! Is it normal?

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Dry Mouth during pregnancy!  Is it normal?

Dry Mouth during pregnancy! Is it normal?

Yes, it is!

Although dry mouth is not a symptom of early pregnancy like morning sickness but it is a common issue for pregnant women. It is indeed an uncomfortable and irritating situation but do not worry, you are not the only one, it is experienced by almost every pregnant woman. There are several reasons governing dry mouth. While pregnant, the metabolism increases movement of water in your body, especially when combined with frequent urination and vomiting. Considering the pregnancy, your body also starts absorbing additional water to manage increased blood flow. All these situations can lead to dehydration and hence dry mouth! A dry mouth might also be a sign of gestational diabetes (affects only 2 to 10% of pregnant women).

Here are some points associated with dry mouth condition-

Stay hydrated:

Most appropriate way to avoid dry mouth is to drink plentiful of water. Keep a handy water bottle with you so that it’s easier to drink the required amount of water throughout the day and keep it your bed side while sleeping. Some replenishing drinks like coconut water can also help as it contains vitamins and minerals that help in staying off dehydration.

Staying hydrated is also very important if you are experiencing morning sickness, nausea or repeated urination.

Other ailments:

Dry mouth itself isn’t a serious issue, but in some extreme cases it can cause bad breath or even tooth decay. As there could be food particles and microbes accumulated between the teeth, gums or in the backside of mouth.

For this, pregnant women can opt bad breath remedies like sugar-free chewing gums or mouth-wetting lozenges. This will aid in increasing saliva production in the mouth.

Treatments:

  • Use an alcohol-free mouthwash for rinsing to avoid dry mouth.
  • Maintain good dental hygiene once you start planning for pregnancy and till you are through with it.
  • Ensure to regularly brush your teeth and rinse mouth with good mouthwash regularly in the day.
  • You can go for lemonade or other citrus-based juices to reduce the developed metallic taste in the mouth during early pregnancy.

 

Even after following the above precautions and treatment, if this problem continues; then this may be a symptom of gestational diabetes. If it stays for too long, consult your doctor.

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