It is a tricky subject, especially when you have to talk about it with your teenage daughter. Here are five common symptoms and ideas for how to help your daughter deal with them.
Cramps and Painful Periods
The first couple of days are usually the most uncomfortable. The desire to climb under the covers and lay in the fetal position is not uncommon. If your daughter experiences this you can explain that cramps are caused by contractions in the uterus, and these are a very normal part of having your period.
Tracking her period will lessen the stress that this new experience in her life has created. One way to track this is to count the days on a calendar. Knowing when your period is due will help her be prepared with one or two pads in her bag. The Always Dailies line will keep her comfortable and dry for the whole eight hours of the school day. Tracking can also aide in identifying the premenstrual symptoms that come right before it.
A few days before their periods, most women experience a greater appetite and crave specific foods. This is because we burn more calories on those days, as well as during our periods. Hunger is also triggered by hormonal fluctuation. Make sure to keep healthy snacks at hand, and encourage her to eat plenty of fruits and healthy juices that are packed with nutrients to help keep her body hydrated.
Pimples and Acne
Many teenage girls experience acne outbreaks during the first few years of their periods. If yours is one, let her know that firstly, it probably won’t last forever. Then tell her that it’s hormones again, progesterone in particular, that causes the oil glands in her face to increase production. It also causes skin to slightly bloat, shutting pores and leading to pimples. It’s important is that she eat right and get plenty of rest (8 hours of sleep each night can help reduce acne and lessen cramps!).
Hormonal fluctuations can lead to mood swings, sudden sadness, and feelings of fatigue. While your daughter already probably knows the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise, explain to her that these two things are also important in easing the emotional rollercoaster she may find herself on. Leading an active lifestyle during this time can help emotionally and with overall discomfort.
If you have any tips or tricks to get through this time, please share below! Together we can help one another power through and get back to being the amazing and beautiful women that we are!