Dry Mouth During Pregnancy

This post will discuss dry mouth during pregnancy. What causes dry mouth? Remedies to get rid of dry mouth? And how long does it last? 

Is Dry Mouth An Early Sign of Pregnancy?

Having dry mouth during the first trimester is a common symptom many pregnancy women complain about.  It usually becomes noticeable at night with the following symptoms as stuffy nose, dry, chapped lips, hot flashes, indigestion, headaches, and metallic taste in the mouth. 

What Causes Excessive Thirst And Dry Mouth During Pregnancy?

There are many causes of why you might have excessive thirst and dry mouth during pregnancy. The most common triggering factors are:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Prescribed medication that causes dryness in the mouth
  • High rate of metabolism
  • Insufficient intake
  • Hormonal changes reducing saliva flow
  • Increased blood volume

Remedies To Get Rid Of Dry Mouth In Pregnancy

Saliva is essential for getting rid of food debris from the mouth.  During pregnancy having a reduction of saliva affects the growth of bacteria in your mouth, causing bad breath, and might contribute to tooth and gum infection.  Here are some of the most common remedies to get rid of dry mouth in pregnancy.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking enough water
  • Stay away from sugary foods
  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Lessen the consumption of coffee, soda, and tea
  • Maintain a healthy diet

How Long Does Dry Mouth Last During Pregnancy?

Dry mouth usually happens during pregnancy. After you give birth the dry mouth goes away.

When To Call The Doctor

It’s important to pay attention to additional symptoms if your experiencing dry mouth. If you start feeling any of the following symptoms, it’s recommended to seek medical attention from your doctor.

The doctor will perform a blood glucose test during the second trimester to uncover any additional complications.

Dry Mouth ICD-9 and ICD-10 Codes

The ICD-9 code for RLS is 527.7 while its ICD-10 code is K11.7 and R68.2. 

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