Headaches in pregnancy

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - First Trimester' started by babystar, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. babystar

    babystar Guest

    Just so say to all the loverly ladies out there expecting LOs and suffering from horrendous headaches esp behind the eyes etc...Call for an optician appointment.

    I arranged one today for tomorrow afternoon. Apparently pregnancy causes huge strains on your vision and it is best to get checked out. The woman on the phone advised that as it is pregnancy related the eye test is free.

    Also she said those who are pregnant wearing glasses or contacts should get re tested during pregnancy as the strength of prescription changes alot in pregnancy. And that can cause these migrane/style effects.

    So hopefully tomorrow afternoon I will have the problem sorted out... And will get new spex :) as my old ones will now be the wrong prescription.

    :hug: to you alll

    claire xxxxxxx
     
  2. MrsO29

    MrsO29 Me-Hubby-2 kids-2 m/cs

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    I wear contacts and have noticed they are a wee bit blurry already. This happened with my dd too.
    I have not been in to get my prescription changed yet, but if it gets worse I will.
     
  3. AnotherMrs

    AnotherMrs #1 on the way!

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    I didn't even think about this! I noticed I was starting to get a headache yesterday and my vision was blurred a bit... I should have put two and two together, haha. I'll have to put on my glasses and get to the doctor!
     
  4. bklove

    bklove We got married 4/07

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    wow, interesting
     
  5. elainegee

    elainegee Well-Known Member

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    i suffer from migraines and had one on saturday :-( not nice when you cant take your normal medication. But last week and since the migrain have been have headaches so might phone for an eye appointment :) ty x
     
  6. Caroline

    Caroline Proud Mum of 4

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    Eye test are only free to those in Scotland.

    Us English mummies to be unfortunately do not get free eye tests.


     
  7. babystar

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    aaah ok sorry i did not realise it was only scottish nhs that did the free tests.... it is still worth while getting eyes checked out anyways
     
  8. mari72

    mari72 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting maybe but i'm afraid that its nonsense, your prescription doesn't change while you're pregnant however if you're a contact lens wearer you may experience increased levels of discomfort or have to reduce how long you wear your lenses. This is thought to be due to changes in tear film-this can result in blurry vision, your optometrist can recommend alternative lenses or drops to help. Its always a good idea to get blurry vision checked out though.
     
  9. GersPrincess

    GersPrincess Mummy of 3, soon to be 4!

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    Its free for everyone in scotland to get eye tests!
    I would recommend getting one done regardless of the cost, as I did when I started getting headaches and seeing weird glittery strands out the corners of my eye. I saw my optician at 12w+4 and she did that thing where they photograph the back of your eye-balls... anyway, turns out I have something called "snowflake degeneration" and I have an appointment at the specialist at the hospital in 3 weeks. I wouldnt even have made an appointment if it wasn't for being pregnant!
     
  10. mrso

    mrso Lovin my Family

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    actually my eyesight did change a touch during my last pregnancy. Shortly after giving birth it went back to normal though.

    REMEMBER headaches/migraines are completely normal in pregnancy!!!!
     
  11. Frippledip

    Frippledip 3rd Tri!

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    I wouldn't say it's nonsense at all. I have terrible eyes, am almost legally blind, I've been wearing glasses since I was two, so i have a long history of eye care. Being tired is a hallmark of pregnancy, and when you are tired your eye muscles have to work harder to focus and therefore if you have bad eyes you may need a slightly stronger prescription while pg. I've noticed just today that the last couple of days have been more difficult to focus and this explanation seems totally plausible to me. I wear contacts but when I get very tired my eyes lose focus, it's been that way for years and this always signals to me when it's time to stop reading. I'm having trouble focusing now and it's only 8:30 PM here!
     

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