Sputum During Pregnancy?

I am currently 8 months pregnant. Currently I am nauseous, vomiting but also coughing up phlegm. How do I get rid of phlegm. Even though I’m not coughing. And is the discharge of phlegm in pregnant women normal? What caused it? And I also experience excess saliva. How to handle it? Thanks.

1 Answer:

Hi Ajenk,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Excessive discharge of phlegm and saliva during pregnancy can be a common thing due to the increase in stomach acid into the throat, or it is also called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). This condition is prone to occur at a younger gestational age, namely due to increased pregnancy hormone (beta - human chorionic gonadotropin, b-hCG) which increases the secretion of HCl from parietal cells in the stomach wall. However, an older gestational age can trigger this complaint because the size of the fetus is getting bigger, causing excessive pressure on the stomach. Not only is phlegm and saliva produced excessively, GERD can also make you cough, have shortness of breath, nausea, heartburn, feel a lump in your throat, have trouble sleeping, have palpitations, and experience various other complaints.

Under normal conditions, this increased production of phlegm and saliva is harmless. However, if you feel very disturbed by these complaints, then you also need to be aware of other possible causes of your complaint, for example respiratory infections, sialadenitis (inflammation of the salivary glands), gastritis (inflammation of the stomach mucosa), other viral or bacterial infections, etc. Conditions like this should be examined directly by a doctor or obstetrician so that further treatment can be given. Usually, in severe conditions, the doctor can prescribe you several drugs, of course, taking into account the safety aspects for the fetus in your womb.

However, if the complaint feels mild, you can resolve it through the following efforts:

Limit shouting too often
Drink lots of warm water (especially water, or you can also add lemon, ginger, and honey)
Stay away from cigarettes and smoke
Also stay away from other air pollutants
Eat regularly, don't be late
Reduce spicy and fried foods so that the production of phlegm and saliva does not increase
Do not lie down immediately after eating
Manage stress wisely
Do not take drugs carelessly

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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