Pregnancy Sweat & Night Sweats Explained

Pregnancy sweat

Increased sweating during pregnancy is very common. You might experience hot flushes during the day as well as night sweats.

What causes night sweats during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, a woman’s hormone levels and blood flow increase, causing the body temperature to rise, so the body produces more sweat to cool down. Some women also experience sweating after pregnancy as the body releases excess fluid and the hormone levels rebalance.

Is sweating a sign of pregnancy?

Night sweats can be an early sign of pregnancy – though they can also be caused by other factors. The part of the brain that regulates your heat levels is impacted by the change in hormones, causing you to sweat more. Night sweats and excessive sweating in early pregnancy tend to reduce over the nine months, but may increase near your delivery date due to further hormonal changes.

Tips on How to Reduce Pregnancy Sweat

Here are some tips for making your pregnancy sweat easier to manage:

  • Wash or shower regularly.
  • Use an antiperspirant daily. If you’re experiencing excessive sweating in pregnancy, consider using a stronger product like Shield Clinical Protection. Antiperspirants are safe to use during pregnancy, though some women find their skin is more sensitive, so you may want to consider a sensitive product.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing and opt for natural fibres that breathe. Underwear that is made of cotton will also be more breathable.
  • Stay hydrated and always carry a bottle of water with you to drink which will keep you cool.
  • If you’re experiencing night sweats, ensure that your bedroom is cool enough by opening a window, or switch your bedclothes or duvet to a lighter fabric.

If your increased sweating is accompanied by a fever, rapid heartbeat or other symptoms, you should seek advice from a medical professional.

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