Help! Why do we sweat more after having a baby?
Perhaps you have already noticed that you sweat more while expecting a baby. This phenomenon, also called hyperhidrosis, occurs under the combined action of hormones, weight gain and the thyroid gland which functions at full capacity in pregnant women. Your body temperature rises and the sweat glands produce more sweat. Sweating doesn't only have bad sides, since this loss of water helps you eliminate organic waste and toxins from your body. And sweat, by itself, contains mostly water and doesn't smell like anything. An odor problem only appears when bacteria present on the surface of the skin attack it and begin to degrade it. They then produce odorous chemical compounds which can quickly cause problems!
You thought that this sweating only affected pregnant women and that it would disappear after childbirth... well not always, and it can even intensify after the baby is born.
Postpartum, many changes take place in your body. After birth, the uterus gradually returns to its place, the blood volume decreases, to return to its pre-pregnancy level, your body is mobilized to produce breast milk in the event of breastfeeding... You must manage the pain linked to childbirth, (especially if the baby is born by cesarean section), the trenches, and possibly other joys such as hemorrhoids, painful breasts, hair loss... Of course, hormones still take their toll, both mentally (they exacerbate your emotions, and can be the cause of the baby blues) and physically, since they are also partly responsible for heavy sweating, particularly at night! Seen from this angle, postpartum does not seem to be fun for a young mother, but don't worry, everything will return to normal.
You should know that these sweats are useful : they aim to rid your body of toxins and excess fluids it contains, especially if you have retained water while expecting a baby. They can appear during the day, and become more pronounced during the night. Sweating can also intensify after a milk supply, and have a greater impact on mothers who have chosen to breastfeed their babies. The latter then experience frequent episodes of profuse sweating and hot flashes.
Night sweating after childbirth is annoying, but nothing to worry about unless it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, in which case you should consult your doctor. It generally only lasts a few weeks, and we'll give you some advice on how to live it better !
What to do if you sweat more after giving birth?
Limit all aggravating factors : for example, opt for light materials, such as linen or cotton, loose clothing, and light colors. Remember to drink well to compensate for this water loss. To limit sweating at night, open your window a little to keep a stream of fresh air if baby is not sleeping in your room. And tackle without delay the main inconveniences linked to excessive sweating: the feeling of wet armpits and bad odors. This is good, because at Daylily we have formulated a natural deodorant specially formulated for pregnant women and young mothers : Déo Caresse.
Deodorants and antiperspirants get a bad rap: suspected of being carcinogenic or endocrine disruptors, it is completely normal to think twice before using them during pregnancy or breastfeeding, especially since they It seems that the ingredients of each cosmetic product that you apply to your skin can pass into the blood, and cross the placental barrier or breast milk.
Far from conventional deodorants regularly criticized for their harmfulness (composed of aluminum salts, questionable preservatives, allergenic perfumes, etc.), this product, like other Daylily treatments, is 100% compatible with pregnancy and breastfeeding thanks to its formula as natural as possible. Judge for yourself: it contains Arrow Root, a natural and purifying active ingredient, triethyl citrate and polysaccharides, anti-bacterial and deodorant agents par excellence. We have combined them with ingredients that will take great care of your skin: mallow flower which hydrates and softens as well as two vegetable oils, Avocado and Macadamia oil which nourish the epidermis. No allergens, no alcohol, no essential oils... Déo Caresse lives up to its name since it takes care of your health and your skin, even fragile and shaved, with complete delicacy!
On a daily basis, it regulates sweat without blocking it , and reduces the smell of perspiration after childbirth. All without leaving white or yellowish spots on clothes, or a sticky feeling under the arms. We advise you to apply it to clean, dry skin after using our Les Bulles Lavantes shower jelly in the shower.
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Good to know: if you are used to classic deodorants, you will need a little time to adapt before you can appreciate the full effectiveness of Déo Caresse. Our advice: apply it every morning and whenever you feel the need for at least two to four weeks to benefit from all its benefits!
After giving birth, keep in mind that your body has just accomplished a considerable feat for nine months: it has created a life! He therefore needs time to recover properly after the birth of the baby and to ensure that everything is back to normal after all these grueling changes. You will soon regain your pre-pregnancy weight, your flat stomach and physical activity. In the meantime, continue to pamper your body as a young mother with Daylily treatments as soon as you leave the maternity ward: they also accompany you during the postpartum period, to take care of your skin in a completely natural way.
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