Pregnancy is a wonderful experience for most mothers who anticipating the birth of a newborn baby. But, just like everything else, it has its ups and downs, and one of those downs involves sweating, and a great deal of it.
For moms-to-be who are sweating profusely during their pregnancy, tthey may be wondering how they’re going to make through the remaining weeks of pregnancy without the constant need of cold air supply. Many expectant women experience an abundance of sweating.
Just like swollen extremities, swollen chests, mood swings and fatigue, excessive sweating is another symptom of pregnancy. Some of the causes come from genetics, carrying more weight and hormonal changes. Each woman will experience symptoms in their own unique way.
The sweats can strike at anytime, but often occur at night or when out in the heat. Many women who will be in the late third trimester of pregnancy during the summer months may be told to prepare for sudden downpours of sweat when the heat hits. They may be told to stay indoors more or avoid wearing heavy clothes during that time period.
The sweats are also frequent in the first trimester due to hormonal changes. The sweats also come at night in the form of night sweats, which can be particularly difficult because it will keep mom from getting a good night’s rest. For some women, the night sweats go away once the baby is born.
However, for others it continues after their birth but eventually will go away once hormones are back to normal. Here are 12 things to know and tips to avoid excessive sweating
12 Remain Calm And Avoid The Heat
This may be easier said than done because it’s impossible to avoid night sweats and hot flashes when your hormones are causing them, so there’s no escaping them completely, but there are some things you can do to stay cooler. If you have to go out, make sure where you’re going has air-conditioning.
If it’s during the summer months and it’s 90 degrees plus outdoors, fans won’t help. In fact, they make things worse because they simply blow hot air. If you have to run errands or take care of business, go during the morning when it’s cooler or during the evening hours when it cools off. Avoid going outdoors between the midday hours.
While indoors, make sure you keep curtains closed and blinds shut to keep rooms cool. Stay in the cooler rooms in your house. Visit your basement or garage often if you don’t have central air in your home.
11 Eat For Two Responsibly
Before you came to be expecting, your diet may have been fairly light. You can snack here and there. You were content with eating normal size plates two to three times a day. Well, that will all change once you’re with child. Carrying another human being inside of you who is growing and demanding food will no doubt cause your hunger pangs to increase.
You’ll find yourself craving foods you never liked or had a craving for, such as sweets and carbohydrates, which means weight gain. And many will also have a strong craving to eat at pretty much all day, including in the middle of the night. On top of not being able to exercise like you may want to, all of this eating will cause you to gain weight.
Avoid gaining too much weight during your pregnancy. This will help reduce excess sweating, make you feel more comfortable and sleep better at night.
10 Change Up The Wardrobe
Coming from someone who is going through menopause, invest in cotton material. Cotton keeps you cooler than most other material. Avoid sweaters at all cost. Avoid silk and synthetic fibers. Buy clothes made out of cotton. You can also try linen or rayon material. Instead, wear layers of clothes because you’ll never know when a hot flash or night sweat will hit.
In other words, instead of wearing a sweater and a jacket when going out, wear a short sleeve shirt with your jacket. When you’re going to bed, don’t wear socks wear thin layers of clothes. Wear breathable and loose fitting clothes. When a hot flash or night sweat hits, you will need to be able to pull off what you have on without doing a lot of unbuttoning, zipping and the like.
Invest in 100 percent cotton bed sheets and pillows and sleep with loose layers so you can pull them off easily when a sweat hits.
9 Save The Spicy Meals For After The Birth
Since you’re expecting a change in diet is important and advised by your doctor. But one way to reduce hot flashes and night sweats is to stop eating certain foods and start eating others. Spicy foods and sweets are foods that you can cut back on to reduce sweats. Of course, this may be difficult for some since many expectant women develop a severe craving for these types of food.
But you can resist the craving or discipline yourself. Instead of eating half the bag of cookies, eat only a few cookies everyday if you just need something sweet. Spicy foods may be another craving, but not only can they increase sweating they can cause bad indigestion and heartburn which is already an issue for expecting women.
Lastly, exercise as much as you can when you can. And if your doctor agrees, try soy foods which is shown to reduce symptoms of the sweats.
8 Drink Lots Of Water
Water is key to help keep your body cool. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty before you grab some water. Keep hydrated throughout the day by drinking enough water. Ask your doctor how much water is enough for a expecting woman. The downside is that you’ll really be running to the restroom more often as if you’re not going more frequently during pregnancy.
But water really helps keep your body temperature better regulated to help offset the hormonal changes going on with estrogen, and your baby is getting plenty of H2O. Make sure the water is cold to keep your body temperature regulated. Warm or lukewarm water won’t do it.
Although water is best for you, you can drink natural fruit and vegetable juices too because they have a great deal of water. Stay away from soda and sweetened drinks which not only make you thirstier but can lead to weight gain.
7 Deal With Hormonal Sweats
The one reason for night sweats is hormones. As in the case of menopause, lower estrogen levels cause major changes and disruption in the lives of women. When your estrogen levels dip it causes the hypothalamus, which is an organ located in the brain that controls body temperature, to react.
This organ releases extra heat in the body through sweat when changes in temperature occur. During pregnancy and menopause when the estrogen levels decrease, the hypothalamus reads this as the need to release heat in the body, which causes excess heat in the form of night sweats and hot flashes.
The endocrine glands are those that regulate body temperature and since your hypothalamus is being affected by the low levels of estrogen, you will sweat pretty much everywhere instead of certain places. The problem with night sweats, other than feeling like you’re on fire for several minutes with no way of cooling off, is you’ll wake up completely drenched.
When you’re wet, you may have to get up and change clothes or sheets because everything is wet. Of course, what this means is that your sleep is being interrupted.
6 Check All Medications For Side Effects
One reason why you may be sweating more despite hormonal changes is because you may be taking medications that will add to the increase of night sweats. Different medications can cause body temperature to increase resulting in night sweats. Pregnant women who take over the counter (OTC) medicine such as Tylenol may see an increase in night sweats because of the drug in this medicine.
Be sure you stay away from aspirin such as Bayer and Aleve, which can cause health problems in your unborn baby. If you’re taking medicine for nausea that too can cause an increase in night sweats. Be sure to consult your physician before taking any OTC medications. Sometimes we don’t need to take medication for every little problem that arises.
Some of the issues you are experiencing like nausea and slight fever will come and go or come for a little while and go away.
5 Check For Symptoms Of An Illness
There are a number of illnesses that can cause you to sweat at night or sweat profusely during the day, especially during pregnancy. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is when malignant cancer cells develop in the lymphatic system, this can cause night sweats, swollen lymph nodes and body aches. Hyperthyroidism can also cause excessive sweating.
This happens when your thyroid gland becomes overactive. It can also cause insomnia and an elevated heart rate. Diabetes Mellitus can cause sweating and nervousness at night due to unstable blood sugar levels. A kidney infection can result in night sweats along with a fever, pain on the side and vomiting.
Your regular doctor checkups will detect any disease or illness that you would need to be aware. If you are having any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Being with child and suffering from any disease or illness can cause serious health issues for you and your unborn baby.
4 Keep The Temperature Cool
When the night sweats start up, you’ll need to lower the temperature in the house for sure. Keeping it between 65 to 68 degrees will help keep you cool and have you sweat less. Of course, if that’s too hot for you go ahead and lower it, but just be considerate of others living in the house, especially your newborn baby. If you’re still having night sweats after she or he is born.
Don’t lower the temperature below 65-67 degrees with a newborn in the house. That means you’ll need to get through the night sweats using some other methods. Keep a window open or a ceiling fan on to cool you off. If you plan on keeping baby in your room after they’re born, only open a window during the day.
Don’t expose them to night air. And keep the ceiling fan on the first speed so to not make it too cool for them.
3 Change Up The Daily Schedule
If you’re having hot flashes during the day, especially if you’re expecting during the summer months, avoid doing a lot of activity during the daytime or during the heat of the day which is between the hours of noon to 5pm. Do your laundry, clean the house or exercise in the morning or evenings.
Schedule your birthing classes for the morning or evening. Cook in the mid-morning instead of the heat of the day. Running electricity heats up the house and all that moving keeps you hot and sweaty. If you’re still having flashes after your baby is born, try to get them on a schedule of sleeping during the morning or evening hours that allows you to do these activities during these times.
This may be tough, but it can be done. Remember, if you suffer from hot flashes after they’re born it won’t last long. You’ll soon be back to normal.
2 Sleep On A Damp Towel Or Mat
This can keep your body cool and absorb sweat while you’re asleep. Use a large enough so your whole body can keep cool. Use a cotton or linen towel which will keep your body cooler. Keep the towel fixed to the bed with tape or some accessory that will help keep it straight throughout the night.
You can also search for mats or padding that comes with cool insulating material you can lie on. Gel pads or mattresses work well and can help to keep your body cool and sweating at a minimum. It’s worth the investment if you are really suffering from bad night sweats.
If you’re waking up drenched with wet clothes, keep an extra thin robe, long shirt or T-shirt close to your bed so you’ll be able to reach and put it on without getting up in the middle of the night to change your entire wardrobe.
1 Cool Off With A Powder And A Handheld Fan
Since you’ll have plenty on hand for your baby, try applying talc-free powder to reduce possible heat rash. It works well to absorb excess moisture. It will also keep you cool and rash free. You can apply the powder to the towel, pad or bed sheet to help absorb excess sweat and to keep your body cool.
One thing menopausal women will tell you what’s important to have with you at all times is a handheld fan. This item is vital in helping you survive hot flashes and night sweats. The little breeze that comes from the fan will feel like standing in front of an air-conditioner.
You can use the old-fashioned handheld fans that you manually fan back and forth (make sure it’s a sturdy one because you’ll be doing a lot of fanning) or you can purchase the small battery-operated handheld fans. Either one will work.