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I've been sweating nonstop since giving birth. What's going on?
Many women sweat a lot in the weeks after giving birth, especially at night. Sweating is one way your body gets rid of the extra water you retained during pregnancy, so your pores work overtime after delivery
(Your kidneys actually eliminate most of this fluid, which means you'll also be urinating more than usual for the first week or so after you give birth.)
The emotional stress of new motherhood can make you sweat more too. And though no one knows for sure, it's possible that the dramatic drop in estrogen right after delivery also contributes.
Even after the water weight is gone, you may continue to sweat more than usual if you're nursing. Again, the cause is not well studied or understood, but theories include hormonal and metabolic changes associated with breastfeeding.
Postpartum sweating is completely normal, but if you also have a fever, this could indicate that you have an infection. Increased sweating can also be a sign of other medical problems, such as an overactive thyroid gland.
Contact your healthcare provider if you have a fever or if you think your sweating is excessive.
How long will it last?
Postpartum sweating can last several weeks after delivery, and it tends to last longer if you're breastfeeding – possibly because of a lower estrogen level.
What can I do about it?
Drinking plenty of water and other nonalcoholic beverages speeds up the process of eliminating extra fluid (and keeps you from getting dehydrated), so don't cut back on how much you drink in the hope of sweating less.
Wearing lightweight cotton clothing may be cooler and more comfortable than synthetic materials while you're waiting this out.
If you sweat profusely at night, try taking a lukewarm or cool shower before bed. You also might consider placing a towel over your pillow and using a cotton mattress protector.