Period Bloat – What is it?

 Many women may experience the discomfort of bloating over the course of having their period. When faced with period bloat women may experience not feeling their best – feeling heavy in their stomach or even gassy, and pressure in their abdomen.

Period bloating is when a woman feels her stomach is heavy and swollen just before the beginning of her period. It may feel like you’ve gained weight or that your abdomen or other parts of your body are tight or swollen.

women holding her stomach from period cramps

Some causes period bloating may be the natural cycle of your hormones changing due to your period, genetics, or dehydration.  When your body is dehydrated it will retain the water like in a flight or fight situation. To prepare your body for its period try drinking more water and staying hydrated and see if your bloating symptoms lessen.

girl drinking water

The best way to track your symptoms is making a journal for your period and writing down what da you experience what symptoms then log when try certain remedies and see if they help reduce or rid of your

You may not be able to completely prevent bloating but here are a few steps you can take to help reduce the discomfort of bloat before it comes.

  • Avoid salty foods because it will help decrease water retention in your body
  • Eat potassium rich foods
  • Drink lots of water
  • Exercise regularly

Burgess, Lana. “Period Bloating: Causes and Remedies.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 1 Oct. 2017, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319579.php.

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