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Itchy or Watery Eyes During Pregnancy

Have your eyes been irritating you lately? Find out why you're getting itchy or dry eyes and how you can treat them.

What are itchy or watery eyes during pregnancy?

Sure, you’re hormonal, but these tears aren’t falling because of that sappy life insurance commercial. Your eyes are itchy and irritated. What gives?

What could be causing my itchy or watery eyes?

Karen Deighan, MD, FACOG, department chairperson of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital of Loyola University Health System, says the most common cause of itchy, watery eyes, even during pregnancy, is allergies. But there’s a small chance it’s pregnancy-related. “If you’re experiencing a lot of bad swelling late in pregnancy, the extra water retention can make your skin tight all over, and that can make you itchy—eyes included,” she explains.

When should I see the doctor about my itchy or watery eyes?

While it’s not necessary to run to your doctor, you can call and check to see what allergy meds are okay to use.

How should I treat my itchy or watery eyes during pregnancy?

You might be scared to take medications during pregnancy, but you definitely don’t have to suffer, says Deighan. There are plenty of safe over-the-counter allergy meds that you can take.

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