Many women suffer from PMS during that time of the month.
Common signs of PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) are:
excessive stomach pain (especially at the lower area)- the pain is similar to a mild labor pain
lower back pain
sometimes headaches or migraines
I used to have PMS during the years when I was inactive and not exercising. However, after I started exercising, the time of the month feels just like any other day. The only problem I would encounter is if I eat the wrong kind of food. The older generation had taught me about some food to avoid- no harm trying.
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, honeydew, 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.
What will help:
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).
Once, I had bloating, cramps and headache during that time of the month. I attended a yoga class and after about 15 minutes into the sun salutation and stretches, the headache just went off. I felt so much better.