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My Doctor Says I'm Suffering from Ptyalism?

by Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife |

I'm about eight weeks pregnant, and my doctor says I'm suffering from ptyalism. The condition is so bad, that it leaves me dehydrated. My job also requires constant communication with the public. As you can imagine, it's quite challenging to go about my day-to-day duties. I've tried chewing gum and sucking on mints and other forms of hard candy, but it makes it worse! Eating salty potato chips temporarily eases the condition, but I can't eat chips every minute of the day. My doctor says he hasn't heard of any medication or cure. I hope you have. I can't stand the thought of spending the remainder of my pregnancy like this!

During pregnancy there is normally an increase of body fluids, including saliva. I understand it is more common in the first trimester to suffer from your condition. I haven't found any solutions yet, improper digestion could have something to do with it.

Inquire at your local health food store to see if there is any homeopathic, herbal or vitamin supplements that you could take to help.

Also, there is a part of the spine directly related to TMJ and the salivary glands. You may wish to contact a chiropractor.

Best wishes
Anne Sommers, LM

Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives.

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Lydia W. Nov 11, 2017 04:09:25 PM ET

I can't stop spitting. gum, lemons, crackers,water...nothing works. 8 weeks and spitting consumes my whole day.

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Kiki Oct 17, 2017 03:58:10 AM ET

Coffee underneath the tongue helps. nibbling on raw ginger, eating garden eggs, frozen lemon and lime slices and also ice cubes

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Guest Oct 7, 2017 08:16:30 PM ET

Hey everyone. i have this spitting disorder. i'd be fine but, as soon as my 6 week kicks in, that's when all hell breaks loose. i spit the entire time until a week after i give birth. it happened with all of my pregnancies. that's the only part i hate about being pregnant.

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Guest Sep 8, 2017 12:42:29 AM ET

Hi. i also suffered from ptyalism. i hated the spit cups, just uugh! tried two different anti nausea medications, no good. when i was sleeping i did the towel on the pillow, or the washcloth in the mouth thing (better!) and i just kept a bucket next to the bed to drop the wet washcloth in during the night, and i would continually replace it with a dry one. so what i ended up doing during the day was this: started off with a ton of washcloths and i cut them into 1"x4" strips. i would leave the house with two ziplock bags, one full of the clean strips and one empty. i would place a strip under my tongue for 10-15 minutes, put it in the empty bag, and start with a new strip. basically i kept this up all day at work. i could talk, it was kind of weird, but not as weird as carrying around a cup. also, it really kept me from accidentally swallowing, and i could kind of get away from the saliva taste. around 4 months in i started drinking 1 cup of coffee every morning, (it seemed to help with digestion) and overall it was bearable by 5.5 months. the nausea was gone the day after delivery. maybe helpful? the hardest thing was that no one had really heard of this and i think people thought, well i'm not sure what they thought, mostly they just asked if i had tried saltines.

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deneme Jun 8, 2017 09:32:32 AM ET

I have suffered this pytalism sendrome together with a thick phlegm back on my throat. i was not able to drink water because it disgusted me, i was vomiting 7-8 times a day and feeling horrible. i also read alot of forums and lost hope that this can go away. but it did go away. (15th week) below are the things i tried 1- i ensured that my nose is open, and i can breathe from my nose using neti pot. 2- i quit drinking fruit juice, and started to drink water with cucumber in it. every 500-600ml , i sliced some cucumber in it and drank the water. i increased my water intake to almost 2litres/day. 3- i ate roasted almonds 4- i ate alot of cucumber. in 4 days my symptoms just gone. i am not sure whether its gone because of what i did, or because of the hormones but now i feel ok. so do not lose hope, it can go away.

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Guest May 21, 2017 11:41:43 PM ET

I am 33 weeks and still having this problem. i've tried so many remedies but nothing works. who ever comes up with a cure will be a miracle worker!

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Kelly Jan 26, 2017 10:29:15 PM ET

It's the worst. mine didn't stop untill a day after birth. i'm now 17 weeks and going through it again . nothing helps but eating and drinking.

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Guest Dec 17, 2016 09:35:23 PM ET

I went through this in 1969. it was quite rare and my ob did a lot of medical journal reading to help me. i ended up dehydrated and hospitalized for iv fluids many times. sorry to say it lasted about a month after my healthy daughter was born. i lost 25 pounds.

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Baby Durrell Apr 10, 2015 08:44:11 AM ET

I can't control this excessive spitting. i get nauseated whenever i swallow.

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Baby Durrell Mar 31, 2015 08:45:42 AM ET

I can't control this excessive spitting. i get nauseated whenever i swallow.

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