Pregnancy & Your Eyes

affects your body in lots of different ways; you might be one of those rare few
people who sail through pregnancy radiating health and happiness, positively
glowing with it all from start to finish!!! 
Or you can feel nauseous, rather exhausted and suffer from heartburn to
name but a few of the tiresome problems you might well have faced. Most things can be resolved with taking it
easy and being careful about what you eat, in my first pregnancy I lived on
cheese sandwiches and vegetable soup!

one thing I never realised was the impact pregnancy could have on your
vision. You would think after carrying
both my boys I would have been quite savvy with pregnancy conditions, but that
one slipped me by completely. It’s not
to say my eyes were fine it’s just not something I had considered pregnancy
could impact, so I more than likely went around with dry eyes feeling
uncomfortable but not associating the problem with my swelling tummy!

I think its good to be
aware though because then you might be more conscious of your eyes and how they
are feeling and take steps to minimise discomfort. Also your eyes can give you a clue if there is a more serious
problem you should be aware of.

The following infographic
from Vision Direct was very useful, with advice like how using eye drops,
staying hydrated and resting can make all the difference.

An interesting infographic from Vision Direct UK reveals how pregnancy affects your vision.

Pregnancy and Vision Infographic

I am keen to spread the message to other
mum’s-to-be, knowledge can make all the difference and not much is said about
your eyes during pregnancy. It’s not
something I recall my doctor or midwife bringing up anyway. Occasionally
your vision might be temporarily impaired but it does not sound something to
worry about, although if you do have light spots or double vision it is wise to
head to the doctors for an appointment and further investigation as it could be
a sign of high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes.

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