Pregnancy night sweats are about waking up in the middle of the night with what seems like a pool of water on your chest or soaked sheets. Welcome to the phenomenon of pregnancy night sweats, medically termed as hyperhidrosis.
Sweating heavily during pregnancy could get uncomfortable or even embarrassing. Follow my recommendations below to help ease your sweating.
Normally night sweats are a short phase during pregnancy and should disappear once hormone levels have balanced out again. Night sweats are also common short term phenomen postpartum – see Sweating Postpartum.
All bodies react differently; some women may not experience many pregnancy symptoms or changes compared to others.
That’s why I much prefer to ask in the internet, to avoid some strange looks. Asking “is it just me” will most likely return many answers from other woman who are also experiencing the same or experienced the same during their pregnancy.
According to a study conducted by Medical News Today, 29% of the women studied reported that they experienced excessive sweating in the night during pregnancy.
Excessive sweating is not just a night time thing during pregnancy, especially on warmer days, you may find you sweat a lot in the space between your boobs and your belly. Having a big sweat patch in this area is something you most likely don’t really want. Try patting a talc-free body powder to soak up excess sweat and reduce any uncomfortable rubbing. Or you could try out a sweat soaker band which fits underneath your bra.
In case you experience excessive sweating for a period of more than a 2-3 weeks, ensure you contact your doctor. Although excessive sweating during pregnancy is common, it could also be an indication of thyroid issues.