A phase dreaded by every woman, the red letter days are filled with problems such as Bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal cramps, body aches and mood swings. The occurrence of the above complications during and before periods mentioned is quite normal. After all, the body is preparing busily for the important task of shedding the lining of the womb.
However, when any of problems turn excessive, it is required that you reach out to a doctor; otherwise none of these are a cause for concern. Here are a few things you need to know about Bloating.
What is Bloating?
General abnormal swelling of the abdomen is called as bloating. One would feel their stomach to be full and tight. This might sometimes be accompanied by stomach growling. Usually, the reasons for this are:
- Air swallowing
- Slow gas transport in the intestines, leading to gas accumulation
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Retention of stools due to constipation
- Delayed emptying of the stomach
Why does one experience bloating during their periods?
Normal body chemicals – prostaglandins, are generated in the lining of the uterus and these hormone like substances help the uterine wall contract and shed the lining during the periods. Bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhoea are all side effects of these prostaglandins.
What can you do?
To avoid bloating in general and more so during periods, follow these tips:
- Avoid or cut down your tea, coffee and alcohol intake
- Do not smoke as you swallow more air while smoking
- Cut down on sugar, especially artificial sweeteners
- Carbonated drinks are a strict No-No
- Avoid eating vegetables like beans, broccoli, cabbage
There is nothing to feel ‘down’ about something that occurs naturally to your body. Bloating during a woman’s menstrual cycle is a common occurrence. However, if it becomes too much for you to handle, you can always come back to the page to know what to do.