Just like a runny nose, your pregnancy hormones have a lot to answer for!

Often in the early weeks of the second trimester, mums-to-be can start to feel the effects of dry, itchy eyes. This is quite common and usually begins towards the end of the first trimester. It may continue throughout pregnancy and possibly for a few months after birth.

If you normally wear contact lenses, you might want to dig out your glasses and give them a go for a little while, just to help ensure you don't further aggravate any irritation...

Your dry eyes are most likely linked to the decline of a male hormone (yes, you do have some!) when you fall pregnant. Some women say that it feels like their eyes are burning or that there’s something gritty in them. You might also experience some light sensitivity.

If this is you, it's best to see your doctor or healthcare professional to get some advice. You may want to try some lubricating or rewetting eye drops too, which you can get from your local chemist or optometrist.

Hay fever during pregnancy is a common challenge for mums-to-be, especially because you can’t take antihistamines, which is why I’m here to help with all your questions.

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- Sue