Being new to the period world can be pretty intimidating. Your body is going through a ton of changes and it can be challenging. As you get used to it, you’ll get to know your body and your flow and notice the signs.
Paying attention to your body and getting to know it while you’re menstruating will be very beneficial. You might not experience each symptom and the severity will be different for everyone, but hopefully you will know when Aunt Flo is coming to town! You also might experience a different symptom that isn’t listed and that’s okay. If it’s severe and uncomfortable, talk to your doctor!
Read more about PMS with our survival guide.
Here are 7 signs that your period is on her way:
Menstruation cramps mean your period is JUST around the corner. They usually start 1-2 days before and can last for 2-3 days. Cramps are the most common symptom of menstruation.
Abdominal cramps are different for everyone. Some don’t even experience them (SO LUCKY), but others could be so bad that it interferes with their daily life. Talk to an adult before taking any over-the-counter medication, but this should help! And if they are severe, talk to your doctor to figure out other options.
2) Food Cravings
This will FOR SURE test your self control! You will probably start to crave junk food a few days before your period comes.
Don’t be afraid to treat yourself a little bit, but eating too much sugar and junk foods will actually make you feel worse. Hot top: dark chocolate is a great treat while on your period...just don’t eat the whole bar. I have been guilty of doing that once or twice.
Read more about what to eat on your period.
3) Bloating and Gas
Do your jeans ever feel a little bit tighter right before your period? This is because bloating is water retention and makes your body swell up. It can be a tad uncomfortable. It makes my tummy feel “bubbly.” This also explains why you might have a lot of gas before your period.
Eating healthy foods, and not too much salt, sugar and caffeine will help for this symptom. Exercising can also help you too.
4) Mood Swings
This one can be HARD. Do you get extremely irritated by things that usually wouldn’t bother you? Welcome to PMS-ing! You might experience this a week before getting your period, or just a few days before. Allow yourself to feel and cry if you have to. I always think of the quote: This too shall pass.
Exercising increases your endorphins. They make the body feel good and have a positive outcome for your overall mood. It can be hard when you’re feeling tired, but just simply walking can help you.
Read more about why you should exercise before or during your period.
5) Breaking Out
This is a very normal thing that can happen right before your period. I personally get at least one pimple the day before my period comes. Our bodies go through a lot around menstruation time, which means our hormones are all out of whack. They rise, which causes these annoying break outs.
Thank you hormones for giving me annoying pimples! And thank you makeup for covering them!
Read more about the best skin care to prevent period acne.
Who else feels super sluggish right before their period? This is an extremely common symptom that we get. Your hormones are to blame...again!
It’s probably the last thing you want to do, but exercising will actually help you. Like I said above, it increases your endorphins, so your mood and energy will be boosted naturally.
7) Breast Tenderness and Swelling
Get your most supported bra ready! This will only be brief, but it’s a major sign your period is on her way. Your breasts might seem like they will grow just a tad, and they will be tender. This will go away as you get your period or a day or two after.
How to be Prepared for Your Period
So, once you notice these signs, you will want to be prepared for what’s about to happen. Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure you are ready for when Aunt Flo is coming to town:
Tracking your period
This is an easy way to help you know when your period is coming. It can also help you understand what is going on with your body, like when you’re ovulating. There are many apps you can download. Or you can do the old school way, and mark it in your calendar.
Period proof underwear
These will be a MAJOR life saver! You can start to wear period proof underwear when you know your period is coming. Say goodbye to embarrassing leaks, and hello unstained jeans and bedsheets!
Check out our ‘Oh-No’ Proof Underwear below!
Period emergency kit
This is something every girl needs! You can easily just throw it in your bag or purse, so if you get your period while you’re at school or out, you won’t have to scramble. There are just a few products you’ll need:
- Pads, tampons, cup - whatever you use for period protection
- Period underwear
PS our underwear pouches are a great for storing your items!
Disclaimer: The blog writers at Knixteen are not medical professionals, and give this advice based on their own research and experience. If you have further questions or concerns, speak to a trusted medical professional.