You may have noticed traces of blood on your toothbrush or that your gums are swollen and red. These changes, known as "pregnancy gingivitis," are caused by hormone surges and usually resolve after your baby is born. Unfortunately, dental problems could also signal more serious problems and affect the health of your baby. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, pregnant women with periodontal disease are up to seven times more likely to give birth to a preterm, low-birth-weight baby. This means a dental appointment should be one of the first trimester's don't-miss events.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy also affect your eyes and become noticeable during Week 10. The cornea, which is the outer layer of your eye, thickens because of fluid retention. Even with all this extra fluid sloshing around your cells, your eyes will often feel drier than normal. You may also notice slight swelling of the eyelids. Although these changes are normal and only temporary, tell your doctor if your vision becomes blurry or if you see spots. These could be signs of elevated blood pressure or increased blood sugar.