Hey Guys, As a woman we all experience the nasty period visiting us once a month – Thanks Mother Nature! I have never really struggled with bad cramping, hormonal changes or a heavy flow. Until last month! I actually took two days off work because it was so painful, I have never had that before so I took to Pintrest to find some help on how to reduce and help with this. There was a lot of interesting things, and I would like to share with you the things that I found, and whether they worked or not.
Hot Water Bottle. Aside from the fact that it burns my skin if I hold it on my stomach for too long, I found this to be really helpful. I actually put a bit of cold water into the bottle so it wasn’t too hot for me. I would hold this on my stomach, usually by my knees because I was in a position that didn’t hurt as much, meaning my legs were as close to my chest as they could be! With this on my stomach I felt it helped reduce the cramps a little, and made me warmer, which probably wasn’t the best thing because although I felt freezing, I was sweating a lot – the water bottle didn’t help with that.
Bananas. I didn’t find this worked straight away. I think eating a banana is one of those things that works over time and you just don’t notice – or maybe it didn’t work at all? If it did it was only slight, and not noticeable. I feel this is one of those things that might help your uterus to repair.
Yoga. I feel this helped a little with the cramps, as its making you go into positions that you wouldn’t go into in day-to-day life. It stretches the area, and makes the cramps a little easier to deal with, and it takes your mind off the pain, which always helps!
Light Exercise. This is different to yoga, as its getting your heart rate going. I didn’t feel this helped at all, when I’m on my period I don’t want to get out of bed to go for a run, or do a workout. I think that when you’re on the body takes longer to repair other muscles because its working on repairing the uterus. So this one didn’t really help for me, I mean it made me feel a little more motivated than I would of if I just stayed in bed, but it didn’t reduce the cramps or anything like that.
Tender Breasts. This is something that I have always struggles with while being on my period. I try to reduce this by wearing a bra with no under wire. This helps them to be a little more free, and the fabric doesn’t push against them like a wire does. Also, whenever I can I will go braless – This helps me so much as there is nothing in the way pushing them into different positions, they can be a free as they like. *I wouldn’t recommend this is you’re planning to do any exercise though, as this could make them hurt more.
Bad Back. This is something I had struggled with a little before, but last month it was a lot more painful than normal. I find that curling up in a ball helps with this as It stretches out the muscles. The hot water bottle was good for this as well, as I can put it on the bottom of my back, were the pain is the worst, and the heat seemed to relieve the pain a little.
Cravings. I am awful at trying to control this one! As soon as I know my period is on its way I head straight to the convenience store; Right around the corner! Pick up a
few unhealthy snacks and make my way straight to the bedroom! I am really trying to reign this bad habit of mine in at the moment, and the only way I am managing is to swap bad food for healthy food. I still eat LOADS more than I normally would, but instead of it being chocolate its more grapes. I also try and do my research, so when I am craving a certain thing I know what essential it is my body actually wants / needs.
If you have any more tips to help with that time of month, then please let me know! Anything to make it a little easier, am I right?! Thanks for reading, Jade xo