This month, we’ve touched on toddlers and night sweats and the importance of balanced nutrition on night sweats. But, what about early pregnancy and night sweats? Night sweats can occur as soon as the first trimester of pregnancy — in fact, that is often when night sweats are at their worst.
According to a study by Stanford University, the use of antiemetic medications can elicit night sweats. Antiemetic medications, like Zofran or Metroclopramide, are given to women who suffer from extreme nausea early in the pregnancy — it helps to reduce vomiting and stomach upsets. However, this medication often increases flushing, night sweats and hot flashes.
As with women in menopause, or people generally as they age or go through various bodily changes, hormones impact the production of night sweats. “The part of the brain that regulates your heat levels is impacted by the change in hormones, causing you to sweat more,” writes Degree. “Night sweats and excessive sweating in early pregnancy tend to reduce over the nine months, but may increase near your delivery date due to further hormonal changes.”
Often times, early pregnancy and night sweats occur during the first two to three weeks. This is due to the rapid fluctuation of estrogen that is produced naturally by the body. However, night sweats can also be tied to ovulation schedules. Check out this link for more detailed information.
Furthermore, did you know that both you and your baby may be sweating, too, after birth? Because of the higher number of sweat glands per square inch of skin on babies and toddlers as compared to adults, they often sweat more notably at night, disrupting their sleep with wet bedding. We offer solutions for babies, toddlers and adults. Postpartum can impact mood, night sweats and hot flashes as well.
As always, contact your doctor if you have questions about night sweats or hot flashes.
Sleep well, sleep wicked.