Excessive Saliva and Spitting During Pregnancy – Is it Normal?

Can’t stop spitting during pregnancy? Read on. 

Shortly after Jack was born, we attended a family reunion.

One of my cousins was pregnant, and I noticed that she was always carrying around a cup. She told us that it was because she had to keep spitting in it (I think to keep from throwing up).

I battled with horrible morning sickness with Jack, but I never experienced that. It seemed kind of different, but anything is game when pregnancy is involved, so I didn’t think too much of it.

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Well, when I got pregnant with Oliver, my morning sickness seemed to start right when I took that first pregnancy test – it was one of the first very early pregnancy signs I had!

And with that morning sickness came something that even worse.

Excessive Salivation

Now, let’s get one thing straight – I’ve always had a little bit extra saliva. Whenever I go to the dentist, they actually tell me (many, many times) how I have the most saliva they’ve ever seen a person have.

But usually, it doesn’t bother me. Thankfully.

However, there was something about my pregnancy with Oliver that seemed to make my salivating become a real problem.

It was horrible. I couldn’t swallow without feeling like I was going to throw up. And if I didn’t swallow, I felt like I was going to throw up.

So, the only solution was to spit.

And I carried around a spit cup or bowl with me everywhere.

It. Was. Disgusting.

Sometimes even looking at the cup made me throw up.

So if your experiencing excessive saliva during pregnancy (officially called Ptyalism) – know that you aren’t alone.

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What causes excessive salivation during pregnancy?

I bet you can guess.

Hormones. The cause of all things wonderful during pregnancy 😉

Often, the hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can lead to excessive salivating for no rhyme or reason.

If you are experienced pregnancy-induced nausea, these two can go hand and hand. I found that when I stopped throwing up as much with Oliver, my salivation decreased as well.

Before then, it felt like a vicious cycle. I would often throw up because the extra saliva was bothering me so much (hence why I carried around a “spit cup” until I was over 20 weeks pregnant! No shame ladies. No shame). You can read more about managing morning sickness here.

Here are a few other reasons why you might have more saliva during pregnancy:

  • Smoking
  • Oral infections – I actually had a lot of dental issues during my pregnancy with Oliver, so perhaps it was related to this!
  • Environmental Toxins
  • Exposure to mercury or other chemicals

It is more common in early pregnancy, though it can occur throughout the entire 40 weeks.

How to get rid of excessive saliva during pregnancy?

Mints, gum, or hard candy can help distract from the excess salivation. I think Preggie Pops are a great option.

Brushing your teeth frequently may also help – so get a good toothbrush! Though if you are like me, brushing teeth just equaled more throwing up!

If you are experiencing heartburn during pregnancy, this may contribute to excess saliva. The increased acid may trigger salivation, which helps to neutralize the acid. You can treat this with an OTC antacid, such as TUMS or by drinking milk. However, if your heartburn is really bad, you can get a prescription from your physician.

Most of the time, excessive saliva during pregnancy is just annoying or makes you feel sick, and there aren’t many medical implications.

However,  you are losing a lot of saliva, it can lead to dehydration. If you find that you are spitting a lot (especially if it’s in addition to vomiting), you need to make sure that you stay as hydrated as possible.

I know that it’s hard to stay hydrated when you can’t keep anything down, but make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent dehydration. Find some kind of liquid that you can keep down – such as Gatorade – and go with it!

Spitting While Pregnant Means It’s a Boy?

I always enjoy some good gender prediction tests – and this is one I just heard about! Apparently, if you spit a lot during pregnancy, it means it is a boy.

Well, Oliver is a boy. And my cousin who had this same issue had a boy. So as far as I can tell, this one is TOTALLY legit.

As always, nothing in this post can or should replace the advice of a medical professional. I am not a doctor, nurse, or in any profession that has to do with giving birth. Just a mom who loves to research and share 🙂

Spitting During Pregnancy / Pregnancy Symptoms / Pregnancy Signs / Early Pregnancy Symptoms / Morning Sickness / Baby / Pregnancy / Pregnancy Complications



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  • So i have to share. I’m going through the same thing with now with excessive spitting. I had it with my first and he was a boy and I am now 17 weeks pregnant with my second who’s also a boy! So maybe ptyalism is linked to having boys☺️ Thank you for this post though. I now know that I’m not alone.
  • This comment is for "Katie" regarding " excessive salivation" article, if you don't mind me asking about your dental work...did you have it done while pregnant? I'm expecting and know that my oral health is not the best. Just curious. Thank you

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