Guide to Being 11 Weeks Pregnant

What You Might Be Feeling
If you're experiencing excessive saliva, try chewing antacid.
If you're experiencing excessive saliva, try chewing antacid.

Pregnancy has you salivating, and not in a good way. During Week 11, you may find yourself needing to spit excess salivation because the act of swallowing it makes you feel nauseous -- just when that feeling was beginning to wane. Although experts don't know why some women salivate more than others, the condition -- known as ptyalism or sialorrhea -- is only temporary.

You could try chewing antacids; if you have heartburn, your irritated esophagus will trigger your salivary glands. You could also chew sugarless gum or suck on hard candy. It won't make you salivate any less, but it will make it easier to swallow the excess without gagging.

By Week 11, you're also feeling less nauseous and more energetic, and this welcome relief will increase as the first trimester comes to a close and the second trimester begins. You'll also be able to increase your activity level, but make sure you do so strategically. Even though you feel better, your energy will not be boundless. Target specific activities, such as daily physical exercise, before moving on to optional tasks. And by all means, don't sign up for any extra long-term commitments.

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