Oh this is so familiar. I go up by 3-10lb over periods, but the good news is that it is just the hormone changes making us hold fluid = water, that is lost quickly afterwards. The thing is not to let it get you down. It isn't fat and will disappear in a few days, just carry on the same way as the other weeks in the month as far as your diet is concerned. If you have a regular cycle, just weigh yourself before and after your period and set yourself a goal of not weighing during your period. That way you can add some sparkpoints to your total too! Sometimes no news is good news.
About 4/5lbs at my worst but now I try and focus on things that'll help me keep the water weight off in the run up to TOM, I find dandelion and fennel tea are good for water retention.
5/18/12 8:34 P
Okay, so I feel soooo much better after reading this! I had forgotten about the temporary weight gain, as my period has been crazy unpredictable with the mini pill. I'm breastfeeding and honestly haven't had more than a few hours sleep at night since my son was born 10 months ago so it's a major downer when I get the scale unpacked finally (we just moved) and it's registering 8 pounds heavier than before the move. I'm glad i'm not the only one. I was feeling like such a failure!!
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5/18/12 8:04 A
My period is unpredictable so its hard for me to avoid the scale during that time. Last month I was shocked to see an 8 lb gain and then I started the next day. This month I got lucky and it started 2 days before I was supposed to weight in so I just skipped it altogether. I know its not real/permanent but I hate when the scale goes up by any degree.
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5/17/12 1:53 P
Normally around 1 to 5, sometimes I wont even weight myself that week because I find the scale going up disheartening.
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5/16/12 4:30 P
Now that I'm eating healthy, maybe around 2 but when I wasn't eating healthy, I could put on 6 to 7 lbs during my period! But it goes away the week after it's over!!
5/16/12 2:00 P
I'm experiencing this right now and praying it's my period coming soon. Ugh.
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4/21/12 1:06 P
I usually gain wait (or at least the past month, my weight loss didn't show on the scale) right before my period, then by halfway or so through I could see the weight coming off. There was about a 4 lb difference in the day before my period and the end. So no worries! It's just water that your body is retaining that will be flushed out of your system!
I usually gain 3-5 lbs. Kind of depends, if I slack off on eating because of cravings, or if the PMS isn't too bad and I don't have any cravings. Hang in there, just remember its your period and you cant fix the gain there. And it will come off shortly after it goes on :)
4/20/12 8:15 P
I usually gain between 2 and 7 pounds! Don't panic, just ride it out. It usually comes off quickly once it's over and tends to bring a couple friends to the party too!
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164 4/20/12 2:04 P
Yeah, I go up anywhere from 3-7 pounds and it lasts for a week and a half for me.
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288 4/19/12 10:52 A
3-5 lbs so I stay wayyyyy away from the scale during the week before and week of.
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4/18/12 6:39 P
I can gain up to 5 pounds on my period. It sucks because I'm so bloated during that time that I look preggo but it's only temporary thank God. But yes you will go back down, its only water weight. Tip: If you exercise during your period you'll burn more calories so don't give up during your period!
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132 4/18/12 3:34 P
3 - 5 pounds I'll still weigh myself but I don't beat myself up anymore if I see that I've gained a few pounds during this week because I know now that it will go back down next week if I stick with my plan.
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4/18/12 3:15 P
3-5 pounds. I gave up weighing myself during that time.
I can definitly go up an extra 5 lbs for a few days. I actually have stopped weighing myself within 3 days of my period at either end - keeps me from having to see that inflated number.
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288 4/5/12 10:35 A
Ive been up 5 lbs before. It comes back down, no worries
4/5/12 12:18 A
It's a good thing that you only fluctuate starting the day you get it. I spike the week before and even more during my period and only come back down with about 2 days left. I usually spike about 5-6 lbs... Keep drinking water to help flush you system and come back down. You're normal love! :)
Edited by: PKKASCH at: 4/5/2012 (00:19)
4/4/12 10:48 P
I always put on 5-7 pounds, its upsetting to see the scale go up even though I know its only temporary.
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863 4/3/12 5:11 P
Before I gave up grains (I'm allergic) I could gain up to 9 lbs like ArchimedesII. And yes, it was emotionally traumatic as well as frustrating to find clothes to wear!
Now I very regularly gain about 2lbs of water during my TOM, and 1 lb during ovulation....I don't even sweat it anymore. If I gain more I can usually trace it back to not taking very good care of myself pre-menses: too much salt, a grain cheat, or not enough water.
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4/3/12 10:31 A
That's totally normal. I can easily "gain" 5-7 pounds during my menstrual cycle. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that will pass in a few days. How many days ? This really does vary from person to person.
I will say that thanks to peri menopause (oh, joy), I've gained as much as NINE pounds in a week ! There was a time when seeing that kind of gain on the scale would have freaked me out. Not any more because I know it's not a real gain of fat. It's just water retention and it does pass with time.
Don't worry, you're perfectly normal.
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208 4/3/12 10:04 A
Weight gain at period time is totally normal. It is only water weight gain and fluid retention. It is not fat. It will leave with the period. I used to "gain" up to 10 lbs. each month a few days before I started. Keep on keeping on.
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3,770 4/3/12 9:30 A
Oh yes, that's totally normal. TOM can make me bloat up 4-8 pounds, I reckon. I just don't weigh myself during my period. I get moody and if I see the # go up on the scale, it can make me upset.
4/3/12 7:44 A
I can totally relate. I woke up this morning and am up 6 pounds!!! I can only assume that is part of the reason and even though I know it's not permanent/real, it still threw me for a loop
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46,222 4/2/12 8:11 P
Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale. So to answer your question, hormones can do a number on the scale.
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4/2/12 7:35 P
I've been on a role for 7 days with losing weight and I've actually been doing quite well until I got my period yesterday. It actually made my weight go back up 4 lbs! Is this normal and will i go back down??
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