Pregnancy and the subsequent childbirth, although they are a natural process, still represent a rather serious “shake” for a woman’s body. Immediately after conception and in the process of carrying a child, everything in the body of the future mother is rebuilt in the name of preserving the new life growing in it. And when a baby is born, the woman’s body again has to do a “jerk” – to adjust and restore the normal processes for him.
This also concerns the hormonal background – during pregnancy, the hormonal background of the woman undergoes significant changes, but in the first few months after birth the balance should recover on its own. If for some reason this did not happen, experts say about hormonal imbalance, or hormonal failure, a condition in which the ratio of the main female hormones progesterone and estrogen does not respond to normal values, as if shifted in one direction or another.
Causes of hyperhidrosis after childbirth.
After childbirth, sweating in women, especially night-time, is a common occurrence. This is one of the ways in which the body is freed from excess water that a woman’s body has accumulated during pregnancy. In the main, the kidneys work in this process, so the urge to urinate during this period occurs more often than usual, at least in the first weeks of pregnancy, and the skin pores work with an additional load to remove excess water. If a woman has not experienced problems with an excess of sweat during pregnancy, then she will surely appear like snow on the head after delivery (in 90 cases out of 100), plus many other negative causes of the “first week of stress” are added. And those women who have already suffered from hyperhidrosis before birth, generally sweat daily and nightly.
There is a theory that a sharp drop in estrogen in the body after childbirth is also associated with postpartum sweating. The temperature regime of the human body is regulated by such a section of the brain as the hypothalamus. Changes in the level of estrogen are perceived by the hypothalamus erroneously and the woman’s body begins to generate much more heat than normal, and the body is freed from this excess heat by abundant perspiration, which is the cause of exacerbation of hyperhidrosis in young mothers, especially at night. At night, the body rests, it is at rest, heat accumulates much more than during the day, and therefore night sweats are more pronounced.
How long is postpartum sweating?
Postpartum sweating lasts from two to six weeks after delivery, and in lactating women it usually lasts longer. Breastfeeding increases sweating, so nursing mothers sweat more than those who prefer milk formulas.
How to cope with sweating after childbirth?
Increased sweating after the birth of a child is a normal phenomenon occurring under the action of hormones. As for the specific treatment of too much sweat excretion in the postpartum period, then, alas, the young mother is undesirable to take as any medication, and many medical procedures. Up to a year, maybe a little earlier, treatment is one thing – a proper, balanced diet, clean air, hygiene, and folk remedies.
Practical advice for young mothers:
1. Do not go on a diet and do not skip meals. You, perhaps, would very much like to start getting rid of the weight gained during pregnancy, but the first six weeks after the birth of the child is not the time for a diet. You need calories and nutrients to recover from childbirth, maintain the energy you need to care for your baby, and provide milk production if you are breastfeeding.
2. Focus on healthy eating.
A nursing mother should eat properly, because the quality of the nutrition of a woman during lactation is important not only for her health, but also for the usefulness of breast milk. Eat nursing mother should often – 4-5 times a day. After childbirth and during breastfeeding, the woman’s body needs additional vitamins and trace elements, such as calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, B6, C, D, and zinc. The basis of the table nursing mom should be the first dishes. Meat dishes are better not to fry, but to bake and stew. Many dishes need to be baked in the oven, including vegetables, for example, with cheese or sour cream. For seasoning it is useful to use natural greens. Dairy products should be consumed, especially kefir, natural yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, sour cream, which will provide the child with a complete supply of proteins and especially calcium for the formation of the skeletal system, and at the same time adjust his gastrointestinal tract to the correct rhythm. Also buckwheat groats – the queen of cereals will be useful, and in combination with milk, it will ensure the saturation of the mother’s milk with all essential amino acids. Do not forget to eat fruits and vegetables, preferably green and dark shades. Red, orange and yellow fruits can cause allergies to the child’s body. Whole grain bread is very helpful.
3. Drink plenty of water.
All young mothers need to avoid dehydration in order to stay healthy. Do not reduce the rate of fluid in the hope that you will sweat less. The daily fluid requirement of a nursing mother increases by 1-1.2 liters per day – this is the amount of moisture necessary for the formation of milk. If you are breastfeeding, drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day, this will also help prevent clogging of the milk channels. Drink more caffeine-free liquids and alcohol to help speed up the process of removing excess water and prevent dehydration (dehydration).