Pregnant women get sweaty and that is perfectly normal!
If you have been pregnant or you have been around pregnant women you will probably know that they get hot really easily. Often pregnant women lift up their shirts just to let their bellies breathe. It is so hard to be pregnant for many reasons, but one of the worst is how much you sweat! It just feels like you are always so hot and that you have a permanent heater strapped to your body. Many pregnant women can be seen fanning themselves off and even with some lovely sweat marks on their shirts. The worst is waking up in the middle the night drenched in sweat no matter what you do!
We know it doesn't make you feel better, but you aren't the only pregnant woman who wakes up drenched in sweat. It is apparently very normal and it isn't something that women should be concerned about even if it is kind of annoying. A recent study showed that 35% of pregnant women said that they would wake up with night sweats when they were pregnant. And about 29% of the women in the study shared that they even had night sweats shortly after giving birth to their children. Women who experienced night sweats shared that their most "sweaty times" peaked at around 30 weeks. And the night sweats peaked during the second week post-partum.
The problem with these sweaty pregnant women is that scientists aren't really sure why pregnant women are so sweaty and hot. There isn't enough substantial proof to say the exact reason. The best theory is that the increased and change of hormones has a lot to do with it. Pregnancy sweats are probably due to very similar reasons as women who have hot flashes during menopause. The hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and post-partum seem to be the culprit in these pregnancy hot flashes.
It is very important to share your concerns about your night sweats with your doctor. Your night sweats might just be normal and have no health concerns. However, if your night sweats are accompanied by fever or racing heart then you might have a more complex condition that might be harming you or your baby. Your night sweats are most likely nothing and you might just have to sleep with the window open, or with a fan on to help you through those sweaty times.