9. Night Sweats or Hot Flashes
No doubt, you may have sweat a lot during labor, but after childbirth you may also find yourself sweating quite a bit during the first few weeks.
This happens due to the sudden change in the body’s estrogen level, which in turn messes with your body’s temperature regulation. It is also a normal way for your body to eliminate all the excess fluid retained during pregnancy. Sweating heavily during the night is most common.
You may also experience hot flashes, just like those associated with menopause.
A 2013 study published in Fertility and Sterility found that hot flashes were reported by over one-third of women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The predictors of these hot flashes, including depressive symptoms, low education and higher body mass index, are similar to those during menopause.
There is nothing to worry about as things will get back to normal within a couple of months. In the meantime, take care of your body properly to ease the symptoms by following these tips:
- Your body may become dehydrateddue to heavy sweating, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids.
- Put a soft towel on your pillow to absorb some of the moisture.
- Wear loose, lightweight clothing to allow the sweat to evaporate.
- Sprinkle on some talc-free powder to absorb excess moisture and help prevent a heat rash.
10. Postpartum Thyroiditis
Postpartum thyroiditis, which means inflammation of the thyroid gland, is common after childbirth.
According to the American Thyroid Association, postpartum thyroiditis affects 5 to 10 percent of women. However, the good news is that thyroid function returns to normal within 12 to 18 months for 80 percent of women.
Pregnancy has a profound impact on how the thyroid gland functions, as the gland may be affected by the ongoing hormonal changes in the body. The thyroid is primarily influenced by two main hormones: human chorionic gonadotropin, the hormone that is measured in the pregnancy test and estrogen, the main female hormone.
After a woman delivers a baby, inflammation of the thyroid occurs. This can cause both thyrotoxicosis (high thyroid hormone levels in the blood) and hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels in the blood). In postpartum thyroiditis, thyrotoxicosis occurs first, followed by hypothyroidism.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reports that treating the hyperthyroid phase of postpartum thyroiditis is for controlling the symptoms, whereas treatment of the hypothyroid phase is indicated for symptomatic relief as well as in women who are either breastfeeding or attempting to conceive.
You must get your thyroid level checked if you suffer from symptoms such as shakiness, palpitations, irritability, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, depression, dry skin and vaginal dryness.