I am suffering really badly from night sweats after the birth of my little girl – I wake up drenched in sweat and have to get up and shower, which then wakes me up and makes it difficult to get back to sleep! No one told me about it or even mentioned it might happen. Is it normal?
Our Expert, Roger Marwood says
“Sweating at night in the postnatal period is surprisingly common, but there is very little written about it and it is not well understood. It may feel like the Menopause, but its not, and it will get better.
It can be quite overwhelming, excessive and even alarming , but its normal for many women in the postnatal period, especially if you are breastfeeding. Its called PostNatal Diaphoresis. Do you feel better now you know that?
It is probably caused by the significant hormonal changes that occur after childbirth and during lactation.
Your oestrogen level is very low ( just like the menopause) and your Prolactin level is sky high and its these two factors that make some women sweat excessively , particularly at night. Also, it is another mechanism for the body to lose some of the extra fluid that you gain when pregnant.
- Drink plenty of fluids, and then some more for your milk supply.
- Wear loose clothing at night.
- Think about a mattress protector and maybe a towel for your pillow.
- You may be tempted to turn up the AC or throw open the windows , but be sure to keep the ambient temperature in the recommended range (16-20 C ) for the baby.
It can last from 6 weeks to 6 months , but tends to be less severe as time passes.
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