Indigestion, nausea and of course pure exhaustion are all common symptoms of pregnancy, but did you know that your growing baby bump can also impact your eyesight?

A recent survey conducted by the American Optometric Association found that one in six expectant moms experienced vision changes during pregnancy. The survey also found that two out of five moms weren’t even aware that vision changes were possible.

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Vision changes during pregnancy can include dry eyes, migraine headaches, blurred vision and light sensitivity according to AOA President and optometrist Samuel D. Pierce. These symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalance.

These changes typically reverse themselves after childbirth, but like any other symptoms women experience during pregnancy it’s important to report them to your doctor. “A mother’s health and the health of their baby are important,” Pierce says. “Checking on all unusual symptoms can help have a healthy pregnancy from start to finish.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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