A dry mouth during pregnancy is very common and may extend to a dry throat, as well. Fluctuations in hormones may cause other changes in your mouth and throat, such as excessive saliva, puffy or bleeding gums or a metallic taste. These symptoms are normal and more of a nuisance than a cause for alarm. A few simple strategies can help relieve dry throat during pregnancy.
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Liquids and Lozenges
Soothe a dry throat by drinking mild, herbal teas. Many natural food stores offer pregnancy teas that support a healthy pregnancy, as well. Add honey and lemon, which naturally soothe coughs and sore throats. Chew sugarless gum or suck on lozenges or mints. These products increase saliva production, and may reduce the feeling of a dry mouth or throat.
In addition to herbal teas, pregnant women should consume 1/2 gallon of water each day, according to Dr. Aviva Jill Romm in her book, "The Natural Pregnancy Book." Fluids are necessary to support increased blood supply as well as adequate amniotic fluid production. Getting enough liquids will also reduce the feeling of a dry throat. Avoid caffeine and mouthwashes that contain alcohol because both are drying, according to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry. Run a humidifier at night to add humidity to the room, but clean it regularly to avoid bacterial buildup.
Your sleeping habits may play a role in your dry throat. Many pregnant women, even those who have never snored before, may begin snoring during pregnancy, due to increased congestion and weight gain, according to Sandy Jones in her book, "Great Expectations." This habit, combined with mouth breathing, can lead to a dry, scratchy throat in the morning. Sleep on your left side, supporting your belly with a pillow, and avoid sleeping on your back. Add an extra pillow under your head if necessary and use nasal strips to open up the nasal passages.
Allergies and Colds
Talk with your doctor if your dry throat is related to allergies or colds. Some antihistamines and decongestants are considered safe during pregnancy, while others are not. Most may cause dryness of the throat and nasal passages.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- Illinois Department of Public Health: Women's Oral Health
- "Great Expectations"; Sandy Jones, et al.; 2004
- Consumer Guide to Dentistry: Dry Mouth Syndrome, Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Treatments for Dry Mouth
- "The Natural Pregnancy Book": Aviva Jill Romm; 2003
- What to Expect: Metallic Taste During Pregnancy