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Sweating/Hot Flashes

Pregnancy Symptoms & Discomforts

It is very normal to have hot flashes during pregnancy. It is estimated that as many as 75% of pregnant women will experience them at some point during their pregnancy. Hot flashes are most common in the second and third trimesters. Fluctuations in hormones are to blame, especially drops in estrogen.

Hot flashes are characterized by a flushed sensation and sudden intense heat through the chest, neck, and face. It can be accompanied by perspiration, faster heart rate, dizziness, nausea, headache, anxiety and weakness. A hot flash usually lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes at most.

Make sure to drink lots of water to replace any fluids lost due to perspiration.

Many women find that hot flashes disturb their sleep at night. To help alleviate this keep your bedroom cool and wear breathable cotton pajamas.

Hot flashes likely won't end with the birth of your baby, since your hormones will be going through another set of changes after delivery. As many as 90 percent of women are affected by hot flashes postpartum. Once your hormones stabilize, this pesky symptom will pass.

The best way to cope with hot flashes is to wear layers, this way you can easily adjust as your temperature changes.

It is important to distinguish between hot flashes and fevers, which can lead to complications during pregnancy. If your hot flashes seem more like a fever, be sure to take your temperature - if it is over 100°F, notify your doctor or health care provider.

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