24 Days Pregnant Experiencing Dry Eyes Blame Hormones

 

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Those pesky pregnancy hormones that are responsible for most of your symptoms right now also tend to cause dry eyes. It’s not uncommon to experience a gritty or burning sensation in your eyes, as well as sensitivity to light, excessive tearing or itching. The rise in estrogen also causes your eyes to be drier because your body is producing fewer tears, says Laura Riley, M.D., an OB-GYN in New York City. This can leave your eyes feeling irritated.

You can blame hormones for shifting moods, and pregnancy hormones also trigger morning sickness and food aversions. So it probably comes as no surprise that blurry vision during pregnancy has a lot. At 24 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a large ear of corn. They are over 12.5 inches, or 32 centimeters (cm) long and weigh 1.25 to 1.5 pounds, or 0.6 to 0.7 kilograms (kg).. Other.

Pregnancy hormones can decrease tear production, causing eye irritation, and increase fluid buildup in the eye, temporarily altering your vision. This should pass shortly after delivery, so don’t go out and get any new eyeglass or contact-lens prescriptions while you’re expecting. At 24 weeks pregnant, you can now feel the top of your uterus around 2 inches (5 cm) from your belly button.

The skin on your abdomen and breasts is stretching, which can cause these areas to feel itchy. Many times the itchy skin can be caused by dry skin. If you are having itchy and/or dry skin, use a moisturizer or lotion.

Yes, and it happens to as much as 15 percent of all pregnant women. During pregnancy, changes in hormones, metabolism, fluid retention, and blood circulation can all affect your eyes and your eyesight. Water retention, for instance, may slightly increase the thickness and curvature of your cornea. It’s a small change, but it could affect whether your glasses or contacts still correct your vision. Pregnancy hormones (what else?) decrease tear production (ironically, since they certainly don’t decrease crying!), which can lead to eye dryness, irritation and discomfort.

Consider this a preview of motherhood: Baby is doing just fine—and you’re, well, kind of a mess. Your week 24 baby is working on being ready to survive (and thrive!) in the outside world. You, on the other hand, are probably experiencing some of the late-pregnancy discomforts at 24 weeks pregnant—leg cramps, backaches and swollen feet. You can blame hormones as well as the normal bodily changes you are experiencing for those sensations of numbness and tingling.

As your pregnancy progresses, your body produces more of the hormone relaxin, which allows your ligaments to stretch during pregnancy and childbirth.

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Pregnant women also commonly have problems with dry eyes because of hormonal changes that decrease the production of tears.

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Pregnancy is a notable cause of dry eyes.

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Natural aging, drugs (such as antihistamines, blood pressure medicines, and birth control pills), and living in a dry, dusty, or windy climate can cause dry eye.

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Tension headaches during pregnancy may also be due to hormonal influences, eye strain secondary to ocular changes, nasal congestion, emotional tension, muscle spasm, fatigue, altered cerebral fluid dynamics, or the mild respiratory alkalosis characteristic of pregnancy (see Chapter 10).

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And rising levels of estrogen can lead to a condition called dry eye, characterized by dryness and burning, blurred vision, and increased sensitivity to light.

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Your nocturnal nasal symphony may simply be triggered by normal pregnancy stuffiness, in which case sleeping with a humidifier (or a nasal strip) on and with your head well elevated may help.

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Using a room humidifier, avoiding dusty and smoky environments, and wearing glasses and hats outdoors may all help to reduce dryness symptoms.

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Hormonal changes in pregnancy affect the upper respiratory tract and cause airway hyperemia and edema resulting in symptoms of rhinitis.

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Thus, the rhinitis, with its nasal congestion and inflammation, experienced by approximately 30% of pregnant women during pregnancy is caused by hormone changes.

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Age-related diminution in tear production leads to dry eye syndrome and complaints of dryness, burning, or photosensitivity.

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  • Last week found out my TSH level was wayyy up. Prior to that I did tell my doctor that I get fatigued easily and that I’m having difficulties losing weight so came to find out my TSH is elevated. However my T3 and T4 were normal. So I’m lost. My doctor advised me to do a blood recheck in 3 months. What do I do in the meantime, no recommendation from my PCP. Any advice please?

  • HI!
    My wife trying to get pregnant from last 2.5 Years. But after blodd testing her TSH is high 5.93 and T3/T4 are in normal range. More she has surgery and thyroids are removed.
    Kindly give suggestion and specially share some useful diet chart to control naturally.

    So that she can easily get preganent….
    Thanks
    you can also email [email protected] gmai.com

  • I have read a Natural healing books some 20 years ago.
    It says these are majority thyroid people bad eating behavior.
    Please DO NOT DRINK milk together with your meals like rice, vegetables & meat.
    Many like to drink tea or coffee mix with milk followed by fruit during meals when working.
    Milk cannot digest well with those food n can cause toxic in the body. Drink clear soup or clear liquid instead. Hope it helps.

  • Meri mom ko Thyroid tha humne sab kuch try kiya fark nahi pada, sab kuch try karna ka baad, Our Ayurveda company ki Ayurvedic medicine le, sirf 4months me purri tarha theek ho gaya abhi 1 saal hona ko aya medicine shood kar

  • I feel heat intolerance when my tsh is high.With decrease in tsh,I feel less body heat.When I was not taking medication then I was suffering from high sweating.When I started taking 150mcg throxine then sweating vanishes but I feel pain in my wrist.

  • Thanks for the information. I thought I might find something earth shaking here but unfortunately not. I am a very healthy 64 year old and all of a sudden my thyroid TSH numbers went to 60. Upper limit is 4. I was having medicals every 6 months and all before were fine. The endo put me on Euth 150 mg/day to get it inbounds again. I reduced that to 100 mg by adding kelp to my diet. I want to find a way to not take Euthyrox any more. Will adding iron and selenium improve the situation do you think? My idea is that everything is related to what I put in my body and these things just don’t wear out like a shock absorber on a car. Regards

  • Having low thyroid as a kid is hell the symptoms explain it all I have it and I hate it my doctor that is a specialist in thyroid she’s been doing it for 30yrs and she says when you are 16 there is a cure,

  • What a crock of crap. If you still have symptoms your doctor should do a full thyroid panel including t3, t4, free t3, free t4, reverse t’s. Free t3 will show a lot. T3 is the energy and alertness and more. if t4’s dont convert to t3 then you treat it this way. Tsh is suppressed when you take thyroid medication. NDT natural dessicated thyroid is either from pig or bovine. Pig is the closet to human thyroid than bovine. Go join a thyroid group on facebook and learn how to advocate for yourself through self education. Also, low and deficienct thyroid hormone can cause asthma to worse. Just google anything yo want to know.

  • Thank you for the video. Can you tell me if TSH is.02 (Low) would it be a concern if T3 was 3.5 and T4 1.6 (Both normal). Synthroid is being taken daily. Thank you

  • What about desiccated thyroid hormone? It is my understanding that the thyroid produces more than just T4 and T3 and these are in the desicated hormone but not in a synthetic. I had better relief from symptoms over synthroid.

  • She doesn’t explain mexdema, look it up cuz not all doctors explains this. ( coma )

    I was diagnosed having: hyperthyroidism/ hypothyroidism, than Grave disease, the video is all wrong ( Mexdema autoimmune disease )

  • I think the best solution is the education on how we can help treat the thyroid. There are many causes, primarily deficiencies that cause thyroid issues. Like if you have iodine deficiency or overdose, which people mainly have deficiencies, because we get our iodine primarily from food and salt intake in many countries is low… Iodine is also a halogen, so we probably want to use as little salt as possible or add as little iodine into the salt as possible. Luckily most salts come with iodine and without, so we can choose. Overdose of Iodine can cause hyperthyroidism, underdose Goiter and hypothyroidism….

  • I was diagnosed graves disease 2008 suddenly my right hand was shaked after blood test results doctor said I got graves disease!8 years I used antithyroid medication 300 mg a day ptu same dose almost 8 years my symptoms was anxiety,low mood,low libido and stress