Is Thick Saliva Caused By Acid Reflux?

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Is Thick Saliva Caused By Acid Reflux?

I'm pregnant and I've developed a very thick, mucus-like saliva. I'm not even really able to swallow it, so I spit it out. It feels like it comes from my throat, and it's worse in the evenings and after I've eaten. My doctors say they don't recognize it, but I read about pharyngeal laryngeal reflux and it seems to fit. I started taking Prilosec and the bad taste in my mouth is gone but the thick mucus-like saliva is worse than ever. Does anyone have ideas about what this can be?

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It is common to have reflux during your pregnancy. The baby is pushing on your stomach and many moms have heartburn, burping and discomfort, often for the first time. It is important to eat smaller meals and try not to eat for 1-2 hours before a nap or bedtime. Stay away from reflux triggers such as spicy foods, acidic foods, etc. High fat foods will digest slowly and may cause discomfort too.

The mucus you are describing definitely needs to be checked by your doctor, but in the meantime one of the best ways to thin out your saliva is to make sure you keep very well hydrated. If you're spitting instead of swallowing most of the day you may be chronically dehydrated.

It's also possible that this symptom is caused by nausea, which often makes your mouth water more than usual. If you find that eating small amounts of carbohydrates help, perhaps small meals of toast or other carbs may help relieve some of the symptoms. Since you describe the problem as coming from your throat, gargling with salt water may help ease your discomfort until you can return to the doctor.

Here are other articles you might find helpful:

What you should know about pregnancy and reflux

8 Ways to treat acid reflux during pregnancy

Answered by Jan Gambino