Changes in Vision in Pregnancy and Preeclampsia
Why the title of this page? This will be a series of articles with the symptoms as the titles. Women rarely google “Preeclampsia” because they don’t know it exists! What are all of you searching? Symptoms. You’re searching headaches in pregnancy or high blood pressure in pregnancy or swelling in pregnancy, etc. Some women don’t have any symptoms at all. But this is one way to get the word out about this very serious condition. So I used the keyword term to reach more of you, in order that women gain awareness of preeclampsia and know to take action if they need to during their pregnancies.
Headaches during pregnancy are sometimes a first sign of Preeclampsia. Other symptoms of preeclampsia are swelling, sudden weight gain, and changes in vision. But often it’s that a woman just doesn’t feel “right.” I’ve been saying this in my prenatal yoga classes for years and years and then Holly, a Yogafairy Mama herself, also taught me once again that the most important thing a woman can do during pregnancy is to listen to her instincts.
Why are Changes in Vision during pregnancy important?
So when I googled Changes in Vision during pregnancy the entire first page of links was all about how your vision changes during pregnancy. Two of the articles mentioned blurred vision and diabetes during pregnancy and only one of the articles mentioned preeclampsia by saying the following . . . “Blurred vision and seeing spots can be signs of more serious problems. Blurred vision may indicate high blood sugar levels and diabetes, or a rise in blood pressure which may signal preeclampsia. High blood pressure can also cause spots in front of the eyes or a detached retina. Signs of a detached retina are “floaters” or a gray veil that moves across your field of vision. It can cause blindness if left untreated.”
Yikes! The top two links were from major baby information websites and neither of them mentioned preeclampsia during pregnancy. Why is something this important not being mentioned???
So, please, pay attention. Can your eyes and vision change during pregnancy? Yes. But if you have blurred vision or are seeing spots, please see your doctor or midwife and be sure to check your blood pressure.