We've talked to you all about how strong and heavy our periods have become after giving birth.
We've offered up suggestions for the safest and best products to use when you're on your period.
What we haven't really talked about is PMS.... And yes, it's real. Here are some facts about what you may be feeling and why right before your period starts.
(From the Mayo Clinic)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It's estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.
What causes PMS?
The causes of PMS are not clear, but several factors may be involved. Changes in hormones during the menstrual cycle seem to be an important cause. These changing hormone levels may affect some women more than others. Chemical changes in the brain may also be involved. Stress and emotional problems, such as depression, do not seem to cause PMS, but they may make it worse. Some other possible causes include:
- Low levels of vitamins and minerals
- Eating a lot of salty foods, which may cause you to retain (keep) fluid
- Drinking alcohol and caffeine, which may alter your mood and energy level
What are the symptoms of PMS?
PMS often includes both physical and emotional symptoms, such as:
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Feeling tired
- Trouble sleeping
- Upset stomach, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- Headache or backache
- Appetite changes or food cravings
- Joint or muscle pain
- Trouble with concentration or memory
- Tension, irritability, mood swings, or crying spells
- Anxiety or depression
Symptoms vary from woman to woman.
Another amazing thing that has happened to us after child birth is that our periods are very erratic. The days of knowing your period will show up on certain date are gone for some of us and so our period always comes as a surprise... Will it last 3 days? Or maybe this is one of those 6 day visits! Amazing.
Lately I have downloaded an app called "Period Tracker!" to help me keep track.... So when I am feeling blue, when I start thinking all my friends are mad at me... When I can't sleep and am not able to stop eating chips and chocolate.... When my pants don't fit.... I won't get down on myself... I will know it's the PMS. O.K... I will hope it's the PMS.
If you also have trouble with your period schedule, we suggest you get a tracker app as well... We will be back with some tips and plans for how to minimize the effects of PMS as soon as we survive this week
XOXO- Mieke & Erin.