FAQs: Cold Night Sweats during Pregnancy

Cold night sweats are often reported by women during pregnancy and can be unpleasant experiences for many. Episodes of cold night sweats may occur unexpectedly and are often erratic in their frequency. This can make them scary and often distressing experiences. Night sweats affect many women, and for some these are experienced as cold night sweats, due to feelings of cold chills that some women experience upon waking. Understanding what these episodes entail will help many women to overcome any anxieties or worries they may have.

What Are Night Sweats?

Cold night sweats can often leave a woman fatigued.Night sweats in pregnant women occur when a woman awakes from her sleep to find herself shivering and cold. Cold night sweats can often leave a woman fatigued because her sleep patterns are regularly disturbed and anxious because she is not getting adequate rest. When night sweats happen frequently they can become a serious issue. During pregnancy, it is very important that a woman remains relaxed and well rested throughout her pregnancy to maintain both her and her baby's good health.

What Causes Cold Night Sweats during Pregnancy?

The exact causes of cold night sweats during pregnancy are not known. However, it is widely accepted that cold night sweats happen as a result of the changing hormone levels in the body. Cold night sweats occur when the estrogen and progesterone levels in the body fluctuate, becoming out of balance.

How Can Night Sweats Be Managed?

Before women attempt medicinal treatment for night sweats, they should first take preventative measures against these symptoms. There are many lifestyle changes that can be undertaken to help with night sweats during pregnancy. These include:

Drinking plenty of water will help to manage night sweats.•  Sleeping in a cool room with only a light blanket
•  Sleeping in light, loose-fitting clothing
•  Drinking plenty of water.
•  Avoiding spicy foods

However, if night sweats are still occurring despite implementing these measures, there are other options which can be taken. Women can try other remedies which aim to directly treat, rather than prevent, night sweats. There are a number of things that can be done when night sweats are occurring during pregnancy. These include:

•  Taking a cold shower before bed to cool down, and feel cleaner and more hygienic.
•  Drinking plenty of water.
•  Exercising with yoga, Pilates, or meditation to aid relaxation.

However, if night sweats experienced during pregnancy become a major disturbance in a woman's life, it is important that she talk to her doctor about other remedies. Click here for more information on treating cold night sweats in pregnant women.

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