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I’ve talked about many “girls only” topics because I believe in complete transparency. So I can tell you, clear as day, that I throw a mini fiesta every time I get to take out the U by Kotex products. It tells me that I get to keep my tidy family of four in tact, and not add an extra car seat to my already-packed minivan (that’s another conversation).
So while for me, and the hubster, my period is a ’cause for celebration, it also comes with its annoying side effects including bloating, skin issues, fatigues, and your general “blahness.” Fortunately, I have a list of things that I do to keep my period from affecting me too much as it comes through every month.
Beat the bloat.
I deal with getting bloated every month, whether or not I’m on my period. So I keep a few tips on hand to save me a few pounds.
Drink lots of water. In fact, you may be holding on to this water weight because you need water in your system. So drink up and keep everything moisturized and hydrated.
Try adding some peppermint tea, ginger, pineapple, parsley, and yogurts containing probiotics to your diet and help reduce bloating. Combine this with mini-meals throughout the day and you got two birds with one stone!
Limit sodium in your foods and beverages. For me, this is a bit tough because I’m not a big soda drinker, but I do love sparkling water and that has a lot of sodium. Switch to flat water and add some lemon (but not too much ’cause that’ll do damage to your teeth).
Don’t consume too much fiber during these days, it can make you more prone to bloatedness. Of course, you need to consume some fiber, so make sure to drink lots of flat water along with it.
Avoid eating/drinking too many gas-producing foods such as broccoli, beans and cabbage. What a perfect time to try new veggies!
Don’t stop exercising.
Whether you’re training for a marathon, working on getting a few pounds off your gorgeous body, or just trying to maintain – don’t stop exercising. You might want to take it a little easier during these days, but giving it up completely will hurt you more in the end. Try picking up yoga the second and third day of your period when it’s at its heaviest. When practicing yoga, I also suggest avoiding inversion, headstands, etcetera. It’s been said that these type of poses result in excessive menstrual flow. I’d rather not do anything that makes my period heavier or longer, so I stay away from those poses. Plus, I don’t think I’d have the energy to hold a headstand either. I suggest doing the maternity poses as an alternative to these poses.
Use tampons, pads and pantyliners that you trust.
We’ve all been surprised by our periods at one time or another. It happens all.the.time. The trick is to always be prepared by stashing a few extras in your car, your bag, your hubster’s car, at work, etcetera so you’re not stuck using the ones in the dispensers in the public restrooms.
U by Kotex has been one of my favorites since they were introduced a few years back. Their sleek black box and colorful packaging got my attention and their reliability keeps me coming back. I tend to stick with tampons (U by Kotex Click to be exact) because they take up little space in my bag and I feel the most comfortable with them. They’re also easy to grab because each color pertains to the flow-control you need. If you don’t know which kind to buy, request the U by Kotex freebie sample pack that includes a mix of their trusted products.
Chocolate is the cliché that keeps on giving. As it turns out, chocolate is more than just a craving you have – it’s something that can actually change your attitude! A simple square of dark chocolate will help to produce serotonin, that thing that gives you a good feeling. It’ll help with your irritation and mood swings. So next time you feel like you’re going to jump on the hubster because he asked you if you were acting like that because, “it was that time of the month” – just pop some chocolate in your mouth and take a deep breath.
You may want to head straight for the sweat pants when this time comes around, but try to avoid it (at least during the day). You’d be surprised how much a simple face of makeup will help you feel “normal.” My go-to outfit is always a dress just because I can wear bikini undies or boy shorts underneath and feel more comfortable. And as long as we’re talking about that – get some cute undies to wear during this time. Yucky panties will just make you feel even worse. Something with lace, a fun print, or a great material will work just fine. Use a liner to save your undies from getting ruined – just in case. If you like to stick with thongs, try thong liners that are designed specifically for those types of undies.
For a comfortable outfit when a dress just isn’t an option, try leggings. They’re a great alternative to yoga pants or sweat pants, and you can always pair it with a baggy sweater and wedges – helps to hide bloatedness and shows your stylish side. If your top doesn’t cover your butt, stay away from pads and stick with tampons – you never know what kind of light you’ll be under or what people will be able to see.
There you go – those are my top tips to have an easy and more stylish period, and of course, what to avoid. I would love to hear about YOUR tips. Have you found something that works to keep your period from taking over your life that one week of the month? Share it in the comments below!
I wrote this review while participating in a content series through Crowdtap on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.
Originally published on February 21, 2014. Last Updated on August 9, 2017 by Pattie Cordova