Ladies you know who I’m talking about.
He visits about every 28 days, we usually name him.
My visitor is named Steve.
Here are 10 ways to make living with Steve more bearable.
1. Get out of bed.
You will feel so much better if you get out of bed, take a shower, and tell Steve who is boss! I know, much easier said than done, but seriously, you should try
2. Eat easily digestible foods.
This is huge! Our bodies are going through enough stress that if you eat easily digestible foods, that causes less irritation of the intestines, which are anterior to the uterus, and thus lessen the effects of cramps on the body… and they also generally taste amazing!
Options: Ice Cream, Apple Sauce, Cottage Cheese, Corn Flakes (not high fiber cereal!), quick cook noodles, Chicken Noodle Soup, etc.
3. Move around!
Start off the day with some quick stretches, go on a slow walk, to swing on a swing set, whatever it takes to move. Remember that cramps are literally your bodies way of practicing for labor (while obviously shedding the lining of the uterus), so do what mamas do in labor, walk, move, have your partner give you a back massage, whatever it takes!
4. Wear loose fitting clothing.
I think this is one we do automatically, since it just feels so much better, but it is seriously one to consider if you don’t already do this!
5. Take it slow.
Don’t do what I did this month and cram all of your to-do list on the week of your period, you will not be happy with yourself! Give yourself time to do things more slowly. While movement is important, don’t overdo!
6. Hot packs are your friends!
I have heard mixed opinions on electric hot packs, as they are seem to disrupt the electrical impulses in the body, so maybe a hot water bottle or instant heat packs you can get at the pharmacy section of the grocery store? Either way, get heat on that tummy! Heat physically calms muscles and your uterus is a muscle, so go for it!
7. Surround yourself with beauty.
When Steve comes, he tends to make life miserable! He likes to make all of us think that life is awful and will never be the same. So, surround yourself with beauty to try and combat that negativity. That could be simply having the house extra clean and clutter free, that could be having fresh flowers on the table (margin bins at the back of grocery stores or Farmer’s Markets are great for these!), or maybe just having beautiful music playing in the background. Whatever it takes for you to stay positive, do it!
8. Remember that you will smell, shed, and break out!
Shedding hair, a day or two before Steve comes and during Steve’s visit is common. Whenever the body goes through stress it releases it in many ways, in Steve’s case, usually pimples and hair loss. Plan on taking two showers a day, it’ll make you smell better as our bodies release nasty things when Steve visits, hair loss will be more controlled if you rinse it out, even if you just use water, and that way you can fully wash your face to help combat that nasty break out!
9. Keep track of Steve.
It is important to keep track of where Steve is at and what symptoms occur when. Some may include, but are not limited to: Back pain, joint pain, head aches, break outs, cramps, irritability, mood changes in general, excessive bleeding, normal bleeding, passing clots, etc. All of those things are important to track. If you ever have major issues, it is a good resource for doctors/health care providers to have a detailed, consistent history.
10. No caffeine!
I know to some of you that may be a death sentence, but you will seriously thank me for it later! Caffeine stimulates everything, including cramps and may make for a much more painful cycle!
Remember Steve’s stay will be over soon!
…until he returns next month.
9 days down, 356 days to go!