Q: How can I safely deal with puffy eyes?
A: Puffy eyes are the result of water retention caused by increased hormone levels during pregnancy, says dermatologist Diane Berson, M.D., of New York Presbyterian Hospital. If your shoes and rings are getting tighter, you’ll most likely experience water retention in the eye area, too. To help prevent swelling, avoid salty foods and carbonated drinks and sleep with an extra pillow under your head. If you wake up with puffy peepers, your best bet is to reach for something cold. Place an ice pack, chilled tea bags or cool cucumber slices on your eyes for three to five minutes and use a cooling eye gel under your makeup.