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Ocular Migraines

Ocular MigrainesMy body changed a lot when I became pregnant.  After I had my babies I still held on to some of the extra weight I had packed on during pregnancy and now I’m suddenly allergic to cats.  My nails grow faster and my breasts are a cup size bigger.  Did I mention I have one dark hair that keeps growing back on my neck no matter how many times I pluck the stupid thing?

Of all the changes my body has retained – despite not having been pregnant for a few years – by far the most bizarre development I experienced was ocular migraines.  When I was in my first trimester I was at a restaurant with some friends and all of a sudden I started to notice some flashing lights in my peripheral vision.  Nobody else could see them, and then the next thing I knew there was a full-blown light show in front of my eyes.  It was really weird.  My head didn’t hurt, but I did feel a little lightheaded and it took about three minutes for the light show to pass.

I took my concerns to my doctor.  He diagnosed me with ocular migraines, which don’t hurt but do present a pretty spectacular light show for a few minutes.  It happened a couple more times during my first pregnancy then stopped.  During my second pregnancy it started back up again, so I chalked it up to pregnancy hormones.

The funny thing is that after I had my second baby the ocular migraines didn’t stop.  In fact, I just had one the other day.  I could feel it coming on so I grabbed my husband and told him to take the kids because I was going to be out of commission for a few minutes, then I sat there and waited for it to pass.

It’s quite bizarre, really.

Apparently there is nothing that can be done to stop the ocular migraines and since they haven’t stopped even though I’m no longer pregnant I’m wondering if they’re just going to be around forever.  I guess it’s not the worst thing that could happen, but of all the body changes I expected from pregnancy this certainly wasn’t one of them.


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