Ptyalism is one of those ideal cocktail party words which no one knows the meaning of and makes you sound oh-so fancy (if you can pronounce it that is). Ptyalism (tahy-uh-liz-uh m) means nothing more than the presence of excess saliva.
Although it can occur in anyone, it is most common in pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness and extreme nausea, especially during the first trimester. This is probably due to changing hormones that pregnant women experience, or the fact that women who feel nausea are less apt to swallow which allows saliva to build up in the mouth.
Another estimated reason is that salivary glands produce more saliva when a person has heartburn or nausea to create a protective coating on the mouth and esophagus when frequent vomiting is present.
While there is no particular remedy for ptyalism, if you are experiencing symptoms, try these strategies to help reduce your discomfort:
Most symptoms are reduced by the end of the first trimester, but like nausea, it may continue throughout the course of pregnancy for some women. Luckily, ptyalism tends to disappear completely after the birth of the child.