Tips on How to Conceive a Baby Boy
You’re no longer pregnant, you’ve brought your new baby home, and while you know that your body needs time to recover from the birth, you might not be expecting one of the more unusual postpartum symptoms.
Have you woken up in the middle of the night with your pyjamas and sheets soaking wet? A pool of sweat between your breasts? Just when you need all the precious sleep you can get, and really don’t need to be up changing clothing and bedding on top of the night feeds and nappy changes!
Don’t panic, it’s very normal and common. Also known as ‘breastfeeding’ sweats, it affects about a third of mums in the postpartum period.
Postpartum night sweats are caused by the dramatic drop in hormone levels once your baby and placenta have been delivered. Additionally, since you have a 40% increase in blood volume during pregnancy, your body must excrete this excess fluid through urine and sweat.
While it can be uncomfortable and annoying, rest assured it’s only temporary. Night sweating is usually the most severe in the first two weeks postpartum, but can last up to six weeks. If it lasts longer than this, or you also have a fever, please see your GP to rule out any other complications or infections.
Hang tight, mumma, it will get better soon. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do until your hormones and fluid levels regulate: