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

  • Just wonderful, I been tryin to find out about “does selenium help thyroid eye disease?” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of Tenadelyn Impressive Takeover (search on google )? It is a smashing exclusive product for discovering how to Improving your Eyesight without the headache. Ive heard some great things about it and my brother in law got amazing success with it.

  • It’s always better to take iodine in its natural form rather than taking iodine supplements in the form of iodised salt or any others. Using Rock salt or sea salt or crystal Salt is the best way to avoid any thyroid disorders. But any kind of salt should be preferably taken in very less amounts to avoid any health problems. Leafy green vegetables should be consumed daily in our diet.

  • First of all I want to know why no 3rd party companies are taking responsibility for destroying my thyroid and pituitary gland. Explain to me why there’s a flood of auto-immune diseases of all sort?

  • Just wonderful, I been tryin to find out about “imbalanced thyroid symptoms” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across Yannabarn Vanish Thyroid (do a google search )? Ive heard some amazing things about it and my partner got amazing success with it.

  • you can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, get out of bed and do all the things you want to do without having to go back to bed before morning tea for another sleep

  • Hi what will you say in regards to hyperthyroidism t3 is 19.7,serum ferritin-177-, all the fatigue and terrible symptoms has gone due to supplements taken for a month, do you still think I should take carbimazole as this gives terrible headaches also, do you think it can be related to hives that only occurs daily after eating?and extreme rhinitis?, lastly what is really the way forward with this malfunction of the thyroid system without surgery and radioactive treatment thanks kindly reply

  • Does anyone experience weird head pressure/brain fog with hyperthyroidism? I’ve had this for months along with racing heart and palpitations, CT scan and MRI shower nothing and I’m wondering if it could be a thyroid issue

  • Good info on symptoms/diagnosis, but Sad, so very sad their solution is chemical drugs with only 20-30% possibly helping & possibly hurting liver or giving radioactive treatment? EWE Barbaric!! Nothing about finding cause of it. I had diagnosis 2 mos. ago, so no to drugs & did research. Thyroid issues & others caused by inflammation. I read about how to heal body of causes of inflammation. I already ate what I thought was pretty healthy no soda, fast food or fried, thought not much sugary things, I dont eat meat, only seafood etc. But number 1. cause I had was a ton of stress and inability to not overreact to stressors. So I worked on deep breathing and stretching, went back to gym doing 30 min on treadmill, worked a lot on keeping calm. I cut out sneaky things that had sugar, I cut gluten, caffeine, liquor (wine, beer, that occas. cocktail), dairy, cheese, goitrogen causing veggies and basically the inflammatory foods. In less than 6 weeks I feel better than I have in over a year. I still dont sleep perfectly yet but think its due to eating too late, looking at device a bit too late, but often I sleep thru night. My neck looks normal, my digestion so much better, my hair and skin feels healthier, I feel healthier. Gee, without chemicals or radiation I feel darn great. Research and take care of your own health people! Most Drs only gather symptoms, give you tests then with results give you chemicals to mask those symptoms, but they do not find cause and help you work to fix that.

  • Many people don’t get well on synthetic T4 hormones because they are not able to convert this into T3. You can add Tiromel T3, one quatre up at a time every couple of days until temp raises to normal, then stay on that dosage. The website for T3 is Tiromel.net.

    There are many causes of Hypothyroidism and you may be low in many vitamins and also have chronic candida a fungus that overgrows due to low body temp, stress and antibiotics in meat and sugar.

    You should take selenium needed for hormone conversion, and try taking Lugols 5% iodine solution in a glass of water each day to make sure this is not your cause.

    Test yourself for candida by looking up the candida spit test on Youtube. If you have this, type in candida on Youtube and look for a picture with 2 tongues on it, i posted a diet plan i did along with antifungals i used to kill my candida with, under Eifion Phillips.

    Always drink Braggs cider vinegar with a small cup of water 5 minutes before meals and one before bed. Hypothyroidism causes low stomach acid and causes an overgrowth of bad bacteria adding to candida overgrowth. As we age we lose stomach acid more and more so we should all be drinking this stuff.

    I developed Hypothyroidism Type 2 caused by lack of conversion of hormones T4 to T3, i had to take high dosage of T3 to treat this. You can purchase a book called Hypothyroidism Type 2 The Epidemic written by Dr Mark Starr.

  • I have all the symptoms of an underactive thyroid male pattern baldness that is very advanced (I have to wear wigs), no eyebrows or eyelashes, very brittle nails, low body temperature, permanently hoarse voice, constant tiredness, sluggishness, extremely dry skin, easy weight gain I have to starve myself as if I were to eat normally, I would be obese in no time. I have severe water retention, Vitiligo, and never had a menstrual cycle in my life. But because all blood tests show results that are just within the “normal” range though definitely on the low side doctors refuse to treat it and tell me “this is just normal for you”! Well, no, a young woman going bald with very defined male pattern baldness ie bald temples, bald vertex, receding hairline is NOT normal, Vitiligo is not normal, absent eyebrows and eyelashes is not normal, nor are any of the other symptoms!

    My body temperature is 35 which is also NOT normal doctors ignore this and simply refuse to believe me. If I get a fever and my temperature goes up to 37 which for me indicates a high fever they simply say “normal temperature” and therefore ignore any infections. This has at times been so bad that they wanted to send me home from hospital when I was dying of pneumonia I had to kick up a fuss just to get admitted to hospital, and sure enough within an hour I was in the ICU fighting for my life, with the nurses saying they thought I had come in to die!

    I’m despairing because doctors won’t treat this as long as the blood test results are officially within the “normal” range.

  • The TSH range is a waste of time as many people are missed out because the range is too high. Always go by body temp and symptoms. If your temperature tested with a oral 10 minute digital thermometer is below 36.5 you have this problem. Also look out for eyebrow loss, a swollen tongue that touches the edges of your mouth when stuck out, cold fingers and toes, coarse hair that falls out and becomes limp, depression, anxiety. Doctors used to go by temp and symptoms decades ago and treated more people properly, all that changed when blood tests came along that are not accurate enough.

    There are 2 types of Hypothyroidism. Type 1 is an Underactive Thyroid and Type 2 is when with your hormones don’t convert properly into T3, it forms a dud hormone called Reverse T3. Doctors will not tell you this as they can’t treat this condition because you have to keep an eye on your temp and pulse daily when you are treating it, they can’t do that.

    Type 2 is what i have, i had many Thyroid tests that came back negative. I came across an article on Hypothrdoism Type 2 that was discovered by a Dr Mark Starr. He had the symptoms of Underactive Thyroid but tested negative for it. Dr Mark Starr then found out that your Thyroid can function fine but your hormones can sometimes not change from T4 to T3, these are the causes: Chronic Candida, low zinc, low iron ferritin (should be 80) and low selenium.

    Selenium is also needed for Thyroid function, so is iodine like that lady in this video recommended. You can treat an Underactive Thyroid by taking just 5% Lugols Iodine solution daily in water, you can buy it on Amazon.

    I recommend this website called Miss Lizzy.me it’s about a lady who treated her Underactive Thyroid using Lugols Iodine solution and by taking gluten and fluoride out of her diet. Flouride is a problem for your thyroid and is found in water and toothpaste. Buy a good water filter like Water Zero you can purchase on Amazon.

    I found out i had Hypothyroidism type 2. I got tested on Blue Horizon Medicals online. I had my T 3 and Reverse T3 tests done. When i received the results i had to work out the ratio by Dividing the T3 by the Reverse T3, if the score was 20 or higher i was fine, if not it means you have Hypothyroidism Type 2. My results were 14 which suggested i had this problem.

    I did the Candida spit test and tested positive as it looked like an Octopus with tentacles hanging down. I did the Candida diet and took antifungals. If you want to do this diet take a look at my plan posted on youtube. Just type in Candida and look out for the picture of 2 tongues, its under Eifion Phillips.

    After i got rid of the Candida after 3 months i had my vitamin levels tested. I was low in Zinc as i had many white marks on my nails which is a sign. You can also test for low zinc using zincatest, you can buy this online. Blood test wont show up low zinc. The zincatest is based on what the solution taste like as when you are deficient your sense of taste and smell diminish. Zinc Picolinate is the best form of zinc for this, i used the one by Now from Amazon. I was also low in vit D which i got up quick using Vit d and K2 drops in the evening only. I also had anemia and got my levels up fast by using Feosol Iron (the green one) along with Yellow Dock, both from Amazon. The yellow dock gets your levels up fast. My level went from 7 to 80 in 4 and 1/2 weeks. It worked out 1 iron tablet = 1 number. i took one iron tablet with one yellow dock 2 x day, morning and night. Don’t eat anything before and wait 3 hours after food.

    Candida also causes a leaky gut which is a gut with holes in it. All your food particles get into the bloodstream and cause inflammation, that’s no good. To fix this problem use L Glutamine powder 2 times a day in water. Do this for 2 months (2 containers) you can buy on Amazon. i did this after 1 month on the Candida diet as i wanted to get levels down first.

    After getting rid of the Candida and getting up my vitamin levels i then had to work on my Hypothyroidism Type 2. I ordered some Tiromel T3 from Tiromel.net. I had to start low and worked my way up each week adding in another 1/4 tablet every 4 days. Each tablet = 25mcg. I started with 1 tablet and kept an eye on pulse and temp to make sure it never shot up, this could indicate i dont have this problem and should stop. It never went up so i carried on. I added 1/4 tablet every 4 days until i reached 90mcg. Then i stayed on 90mcg until my temp raised and my pulse went up. After i had a clearance i stayed on 1/2 tablet for a few weeks to make sure the reverse T3 was all removed. I then reduced down to 1/4 for few days and stopped.

    You can find info on reverse T3 on a website called stopthethyroidmadness.com or buy the book by DR Mark Starr called Hypothyroidism Type 2 The Epidemic.

    After the Candida diet I’m sticking to a healthy diet by only using extra virgin coconut oil for cooking as it’s the only fat that doesn’t go bad when heated. I only eat free range eggs and meat as they put hormones into animal products so they develop quicker to sell, these hormones go against ours! I only eat fish that’s caught in a fishery not farmed and avoid margarine and vegetable fats only butter.

    Bye all.