Night Sweats After Pregnancy?

I recently gave birth and sometimes wake up at night drenched in sweat! What’s going on?
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ByLaura Riley, MD
OB-GYN
Updated
Mar 2017
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There are so many things that can happen to your body postpartum that people don’t always warn you about: hemorrhoids, constipation, breast engorgement, mega pain down there — and, yes, night sweats. Don’t freak out. Plenty of other new moms get them too, and even though they’re aggravating and uncomfortable, they’re usually nothing to worry about.

Sweating post-birth is due to your body’s hormones adjusting to your not being pregnant anymore. If your night sweats are persistent, take your temperature. If it’s 100.4 degrees (Fahrenheit) or higher, call your doctor — you might have an infection, rather than the usual hormone-induced night sweats.

The night sweats will probably end within the next few weeks. In the meantime, you’re just going to have to deal (sorry!). You might want to lie on a towel or two while you sleep, so you don’t wake up in a big puddle.

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