Postpartum night sweats are all about waking up hot and sweaty in the middle of the night. Some women sweat so excessively that they wake up with drenched pyjamas and bedding. Postpartum sweats often occur during the first few weeks after giving birth and are medically termed as hyperhidrosis. In general, more excessive sweating occurs during the night, hence the term night sweats. However, some women also experience heavy sweating during the day time.
It was whilst meeting up with other new mothers and bringing up the subject, that I realised I wasn’t the only one sweating out buckets. I had simply assumed it was due to milk production causing my body to overheat during the night. I woke up many times with literally pools of sweat above my boobs or between my boobs and my belly.
Postpartum night sweats are a common postpartum symptom. According to a study conducted by Medical News Today, 35% of the women studied reported that they experienced excessive sweating in the night postpartum. Sweating heavily postpartum is generally a short term phase, you’ll be glad to know! Sweating is simply a reaction or byproduct to a short term hormonal imbalance and symptoms should settle down again after a few weeks.
Contact you doctor if you experience fever or chills connected with sweating as this may be a sign of something more serious.