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<p>It's horrible. I'm in Ohio and the air has been pretty dry, but I've lived in drier places and never had it like this. I've been waking up after dreams about not being able to swallow because my throat is so dry. I have to think it's pregnancy related. I'm pretty sure it's the dry air because I was home at the Mid Atlantic, where it's much more humid, and slept a lot better. So I wake up unable to swallow, perma sore throat, and drink water, but then I have to pee like an hour later. I'm going through a glass of water a night!</p>
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<p>I have herbal throat spray w/glycerin. Lozenges. Nasal spray. Been doing the neti pot. These all help but only marginally. I'm hoping to get a humidifier this weekend; maybe that will help.</p>
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<p>Anyone else having this problem? It's not just my throat, but my nose, too.</p>
 

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I'm in Ohio too, and lately they've been saying that the humidity is like 88% or so...that's pretty high for it feel so dry, so idk. But my mouth is soooo dry every night too. I drink an ENTIRE Akron General pitcher (which is 32 oz) every single night. Lol, my dreams are that I'm drinking and drinking and drinking, and it isn't doing any good. And I wake up with not a drop of moisture in my mouth.
 

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<p>My mouth usually isn't dry but my sinuses/nostrils are. I also drink a ton of water. I usually get up between 3-5 each morning and chug a big glass.</p>
 

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<p>Huh, maybe it's not Ohio then! My doctor the other day mentioned that it felt dry to her (she's from the South) so I guess that's where I got the idea. Maybe it's allergies or something instead.</p>
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<p>I hate it--no matter how much I drink my throat still feels all shrunken and dry. Maybe slippery elm bark lozenges? I just read about those on another thread. And I saw some aloe gel for moisturizing the nose--maybe that'll help?</p>
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I'm in Ohio too, and lately they've been saying that the humidity is like 88% or so...that's pretty high for it feel so dry, so idk. But my mouth is soooo dry every night too. I drink an ENTIRE Akron General pitcher (which is 32 oz) every single night. Lol, my dreams are that I'm drinking and drinking and drinking, and it isn't doing any good. And I wake up with not a drop of moisture in my mouth.</div>
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<p>I had a period of extreme dry mouth a few months ago.  I had dreams about trying to get water but no one could understand me b/c my mouth was so dry I couldn't talk right.  I didn't do anything special to make it go away, it just stopped happening eventually.  I still wake up with a  dry mouth, but not really bad.  My main problem is I tend to breathe through my mouth when I'm sleeping.  Maybe if your nose is stuffed up you're doing the same? </p>
 

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<p>Recently I have had periods of horrible dry mouth, and I have figured out that it a combination of things. I think back to what I have eaten vs. how much I have had to drink - sometimes I come to the conclusion that maybe I over did it on a salty food and did not drink enough. Also, we passed the old cold bug around and I was breathing through my mouth more - even without the cold I am more likely to do this since the average temp. here is 20 degrees and my nose is always dripping when I am outside. We mainly heat our house with a wood burning stove, and this makes the house DRY DRY DRY. I bought a cool mist humidifier and placed it on my side of the bed as well as putting a steamer on the stove top and have been sleeping like a wet-mouthed baby because of it! So that humidifier idea might really help....</p>
 

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We heat with wood and I've had a stuffy nose since the New Year and I've woken up just parched almost every night. My midwife took one look at my urine strip at my appt Saturday and asked if I'd been mouth breathing because I'm usually really well hydrated but was extremely dehydrated this time. I'm trying to convince DH we need to get a humidifier, but since he isn't the one waking up with sandpaper mouth, he says it's not necessary <img alt="eyesroll.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/eyesroll.gif"> Until I can change his mind, all I can do is drink a ton more water and try to get my nose clear so I can breathe through it ASAP.
 

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<p>Sihaya....</p>
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<p>I paid something like $20 for my cool mist humidifier from the local drug store and prior to getting an actual steamer for the wood burning stove I just set a heavy stock pot from the kitchen on top filled with water. I couldn't go on with the "dried up brain and mouth" feeling anymore. Tell DH that it's an item worth getting since it will be beneficial to your other little ones when they have stuffy noses from winter colds. I also keep a bottle of saline spray on my nightstand - which helps me moisturize in a pinch.</p>
 

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<p>How about some tea with lots of honey in it before bed?  Honey will help with the throat at least.  I've been having this issue too but just drink water throughout the night.  It's annoying but I get stuffy during pregnancy.  We have a humidifier running constantly. </p>
 

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<p>I've had this too. I was reading to the kids today and my voice started cracking. We have gas heat and it's very drying. I just try to keep water handy. It is annoying.</p>
 

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<p>Yeah, I tried drinking more water before bed last night and for whatever reason I had a better time of it. I slept for six straight hours before waking up--a record, lately! I think a big part of it may be that it warmed up here and so the snow is melting and releasing all its moisture. My nose was still really dry/sore but my throat didn't hurt, at least.</p>
 

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I didn't have a lot of thirsty problems last night either, but I forgot to mention that my nose has been bleeding on and off (usually just there when I blow it) for several months. Are you having that too, Blanca?
 

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<p>Since the start of the cold weather and the heat being turned on I have been getting a little blood in the tissue when I blow my nose....especially if I have been blowing and blowing for an extended period and sometimes first thing in the morning. Happens to me this time of year all the time - pregnant or not.</p>
 

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<p>Yep, blood every day. Just a little. But that's pretty typical for me in winter. My nasal passages are just very dry and irritated.</p>
<p>Dryness was worse again last night, but more in my nose than my throat.<br>
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I didn't have a lot of thirsty problems last night either, but I forgot to mention that my nose has been bleeding on and off (usually just there when I blow it) for several months. Are you having that too, Blanca?</div>
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<p>I haven't had dry mouth, but certainly dry THROAT at night. I have to wake up and drink water ... sometimes it takes many gulps to wet the dry area in my throat (the area that begins the curve to the neck) and it's very annoying. My eyes & nose also burn at times throughout the day; and the nose sometimes at night. I, too, have light blood on the tissue in the AM & PM. I live in CT and my house doesn't have a humidifier, so it's dry in here, about 25% humidity. I bought a humidifier maybe 2 weeks ago, but when I got home & opened it I discovered it had been used and repacked all wet so I returned it. After last night's dry throat ordeal, I'm going to research humidifiers further today and order one.</p>
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<p>I didn't have this issue with my first two pregnancies, but they were summer & fall births. Here's hoping a humidifier works!</p>
 

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That's exactly where I have the problem, too! I found that squirting saline solution up my nose helps a little--I guess it trickles down the back and wets the whole tract. The throat spray I got ("Singer's Saving Grace") helps a little too. But it's an awful feeling--I've been waking up sort of gulping and trying to swallow, and it feels like I can't breathe properly because everything's so constricted. I've been having dreams about it.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>KimMamaLove</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1291518/anyone-else-having-crazy-dry-mouth#post_16203156"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I haven't had dry mouth, but certainly dry THROAT at night. I have to wake up and drink water ... sometimes it takes many gulps to wet the dry area in my throat (the area that begins the curve to the neck) and it's very annoying. My eyes & nose also burn at times throughout the day; and the nose sometimes at night. I, too, have light blood on the tissue in the AM & PM. I live in CT and my house doesn't have a humidifier, so it's dry in here, about 25% humidity. I bought a humidifier maybe 2 weeks ago, but when I got home & opened it I discovered it had been used and repacked all wet so I returned it. After last night's dry throat ordeal, I'm going to research humidifiers further today and order one.</p>
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<p>I didn't have this issue with my first two pregnancies, but they were summer & fall births. Here's hoping a humidifier works!</p>
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<p>Well after I posted on this thread last week I took a nap on the couch last Sunday and slobbered ALL over my pillow. DH thought it was pretty funny. Guess my mouth isn't as dry as I think it is lol!</p>
 

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<p>We finally got a humidifier for our room. To be honest, though, the first two nights with it one didn't alleviate the dry nose & throat. And yes, we did monitor the humidity reading in the room ... it rose to what should be an acceptable level (upper 30's) for the winter given the outside temp and potential for condensation on the windows. Since then, I've turned on the humidifier at night only, on low, and sleeping has been better. I have to wake up and drink water only 1-2 times per night now. The nose is still really dry when I first go to bed, but then it's fine enough during the night.</p>
 

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<p>Very much so! It's so dry here this time of year & I also think I need to drink more water even though im already drinking the rec. amounts it seems like I can't get enough. I cannot wait for warmer Spring weather!</p>
 
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