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- excessive stomach pain (especially at the lower area)- the pain is similar to a mild labor pain
- lower back pain
- sometimes headaches or migraines
Some tips may help to make the condition more bearable:
- avoid iced drinks- especially real ice ones like smoothies. In Eastern beliefs, ice makes the womb cold and so, weakens it and increases the pain
- reduce tea and coffee intake. If you must have coffee, stick to lower caffeine doses and try to avoid strong ones like lattes and expressos.
- certain ‘cooling’ fruits such as watermelon, honeydue, pineapple and sometimes mango
- too much starchy/ hard to digest food that will further encourage bloating such as creamy soups, cakes with lots of creams.
- drink lots of warm water (no chilled water please). Water reduces fluid retention and bloating
- ‘warm’ food- try to put more ginger into your cooking. You can cook sliced ginger with chicken and if you take white wine, add a bit to the cooking. It warms your body.
- take warm soup (not those laden with cream)
- definitely- exercise. Exercise helps a great deal- especially yoga because you will stretch your body a lot and increase the circulation of your lower body. It’s very effective especially if done about one day before the menses (keep a calendar of the time and you will be able to estimate the date).