In the grand scheme of pregnancy signs and symptoms, dryness often gets overlooked — until it becomes a problem. If you’re experiencing dry skin or dry eyes, find out how to get relief.
We talked to experts and moms to get the scoop on how to get the help you need.
During pregnancy, your body goes through a lot of hormonal and physical changes. These significant changes trigger a variety of symptoms, many of which are less than comfortable. Dr. Edward Kondrot of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center attributes dryness to hormonal changes, stress and nutritional changes during pregnancy. Women may experience eye dryness, itching, redness and burning. Many women complain of dry hands and a dry face, but skin dryness can occur anywhere on the body.
According to Dr. Kondrot, a combination of lifestyle and dietary changes can often relieve symptoms. He recommends getting more vitamin A from dark green, leafy vegetables. Omega oils may help as well. Ask your healthcare provider about safe ways to get more omega oils. “Artificial tears and lubricating eye drops are the second line of treatment. They can be used as often as every hour to help reduce the symptoms of dry eyes,” says Dr. Kondrot. "The best are those that are preservative free.” If your contact lenses are increasing your discomfort, you may need to switch to wearing glasses until your eyes have a chance to heal from irritation.
We asked experienced moms what got them through the worst of skin dryness during pregnancy.
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