Sweating during Pregnancy

Some call it the pregnancy glow, but for some it’s not as radiant as you would hope. It’s one thing to sweat during exercise, but in this article we are going to talk about a condition called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating, typically from the palms, armpits, and feet. This sweating may also be referred to as “hot flashes” because the sweating is not a result of a hot room, exercise, or other warm conditions. While it has no medical impact on you or your baby, it can be uncomfortable and, sometimes, embarrassing. (1)

Sweating During Pregnancy

Why am I sweating now? This has never been a problem before! Like most things during pregnancy, we can blame hormones. These hormones can cause the body to struggle to regulate temperature appropriately. This symptom of pregnancy tends to be the worst in the first and third trimester, when hormones are fluctuating the most. While there are ways to cope with this symptom, treating it can be difficult; however, it is a symptom that is short-lived.

If you exercise during pregnancy, your body tends to regulate it’s temperature better.  It is important to note you should always exercise in a cool, ventilated area.  See all of the pregnancy exercise do’s and don’ts.

Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

If you are concerned about excessive sweating, talk to your doctor about treatment. Some may recommend certain antiperspirants; others may offer some home remedies. Some ways you can deal with hyperhidrosis on your own can be:

  • Take a shower: This will help to cool the body and make you feel more comfortable.
  • Avoid the heat: if you are pregnant during warmer months, stay out of the heat and enjoy the air-condition!
  • Consider your clothes: Dress in light, loose clothing. Also, in cooler months, dress in layers so you can help your body regulate temperature as you move inside and outside.

Foods for Hyperhidrosis

There are no specific foods to treat hyperhidrosis, however, there are changes you can make to help deal with this uncomfortable symptom. Since you feel warm and sweaty often, be sure to avoid spicy, hot foods that may cause you to feel more warm. When you sweat excessively, you are losing water and need to focus on replacing those fluids. The first thing you must do if suffering from hyperhidrosis is to hydrate. Aiming for at least 8 to 10 cups of water daily is a good place to start, but you may need more. Set a timer to remind yourself to drink throughout the day, don’t wait until you feel thirsty. It is likely, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Monitor your hydration status by looking at your urine. If your urine is light yellow, you are properly hydrated. If it begins to turn dark, you need to increase your water intake.