Are you pregnant and experiencing dry mouth?

What’s Causing My Dry Mouth During Pregnancy?

Here are five reasons for this issue.

Dehydration, which results from not drinking enough water, could be the cause. Your body is exerting more effort than ever to feed your child Your metabolic rate therefore accelerates, increasing your requirement for calories and liquids. Your consumption of water can boost your energy and assist with digestion in addition to helping your placenta receive all the nutrients it needs.

You may experience dry mouth as a result of your hormones changing, especially if you’re still in the first trimester.

Causes of Dry Mouth During Pregnancy

The most common causes of dry mouth in pregnancy are:

Increased Blood Production

Pregnant women have as much as 50 percent more blood flowing through them to reach the placenta and meet the baby’s needs (1). So, to keep blood volume high, the body may retain water during pregnancy, and this may cause dry mouth.

Additionally, the increased blood volume causes your kidneys to excrete more fluids, which results in frequent urination. Your mouth may become dry as your body loses more fluids.

Pregnancy increases your blood volume, so it’s important to maintain your fluid intake. This fact alone can greatly contribute to dry mouth, especially in the early stages of pregnancy when your blood volume is increasing. Adding an extra 1-2 cups of water to your daily routine will keep you hydrated.

Pregnancy-related abnormally high blood glucose levels are known as gestational diabetes. It may be the cause of your dry mouth because it makes you urinate frequently and makes you thirsty all the time.

Most women are screened for gestational diabetes between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. But if you’re concerned earlier, request a test from your healthcare provider, as gestational diabetes puts mom and baby at risk for complications (2).

Medications, such as antihistamines, painkillers, decongestants, diuretics, antidepressants, or other prescription drugs, could be another underlying cause. There are over 400 medications that list dry mouth as an adverse reaction (3). If you feel like your dry mouth may be a reaction to a medication or supplement you’re on, speak with your health care provider.

Did You Know? Your mouth’s health has a direct impact on the wellbeing of both you and your unborn child. Your heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and all other organs can be impacted by oral bacteria.

Dry mouth can trap food between your teeth, your gums, and the back of your mouth, encouraging the growth of bacteria. Your capacity to fight off bacteria is decreased due to the low saliva levels associated with the condition.

While dry mouth is usually not serious, the bacteria will build up if you don’t treat it, potentially leading to bad breath, bleeding gums, infections, and even tooth decay (5).

Dry Mouth Early Pregnancy Sign

Editors Note: Katelyn Holt RN, BSN, BC

Pregnant women are more vulnerable to dental problems. Hormonal changes in pregnancy can lead to “pregnancy gingivitis,” which may cause gum swelling, bleeding, or tenderness (6).

You must take good care of your oral health because you are more susceptible to dental issues. Otherwise, it could affect your health, pregnancy, and baby’s health.

Dry Mouth Early Pregnancy Sign

Staying hydrated is key to preventing dry mouth. You should consume ten 8-ounce cups of fluids daily while pregnant, preferably water.

Coconut water, tea, and fruit juice are other good options. Sip on fluids throughout the day to stay well hydrated. Dark yellow urine means you need to drink more water. If it’s clear yellow, you’re staying hydrated.

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