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SMARVYGAL SparkPoints: (1,461)
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4/9/13 12:07 A

Hi there!

I have the same complaint. I managed to lose 0.6 pounds the second day of my period, but I hate that felling of a whole week of work for little loss. I know there are other gains -- I have more energy, my clothes fit better, I am increasing stamina. Thanks for the friendship on this one. I just need not to think of this process as a diet or think that I am gaining weight, because then it happens.

4/8/13 8:44 P

I agree with everyone here. Just keep doing what you are doing and don't stress about the weight gain. I have mine clocked down to the day and within a 3-hour time frame (once in a while it surprises me) so I know when it's coming and if I gain weight shortly beforehand, then I know why. The only thing I disagree with is exercising when you have cramps if you get them as bad as I do (it just doesn't work for me-it actually makes my cramps worse-no offense ARCHIMEDESII) but everyone is different and I'm probably in the minority on that one.

Keep exercising, keep eating healthier and don't forget that it's ok to have a treat once in a while. Just keep saying to yourself 'this is only temporary'.

4/5/13 3:01 P

Mallory, this happens to me EVERY month! Not sure if you're on birth control or any other medications, but my doctor always warns me about bloating, mood shifts and things like that. I usually weight 4-5 lbs high a few days prior to my period. So when I'm tracking my weight, there are these obnoxious high spikes every 4 weeks. Thankfully, it's all water weight and is gone by the following week! I know how horrible it feels when you're in the middle of feeling so terrible-- it really feels like the bloated, uncomfortable feeling will never pass....

..but it will! emoticon This will pass and you will be feeling great in a few days! Keep us updated and remember, it's going to start looking up soon!

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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4/5/13 11:44 A

Great suggestions- I wear a lot of yoga pants in that week, and a sports bra. Also, I have really found that when I am working out, I don't have many of the symptoms. Usually the bloating, and sometimes i have a hard time sleeping the night before it starts - anyone else notice that?

I like the idea of having a comphy outfit to wear so you don't feel so frustrated. And tea does help a lot with the bloat, as well as taking cranberry tablets.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,252
4/5/13 9:29 A

I have found that veggies can decrease fluid retention, and I avoid processed vegetables with high sodium contents, so reducing salt intake helps prevent puffiness, because salt attracts fluid. Soda, saturated fat and wheat, sugar and sugar alchohols, can also cause bloat and so can sugar free foods as malitol and sorbitol can cause bloat.

Kiwi, grapefruits, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and tangerines...oatmeal, popcorn, whole rye bread, chicken without the skin, turkey breast are prefered choices during the week before.

Green beans, garlic, onions, pumpkins, parsley, asparagus, leeks, mustard greens, collard greens, turnips, kale, cabbage, romaine lettuce and other leafy greens are low sodium vegetables that can decrease swelling.

Drinks lots of water a week before your time of the month and CHAMOLIE TEA helps cramps and bloat.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

EMMACORY Posts: 21,131
4/4/13 10:26 P

I agree with what has been said. You also mentioned that you feel uncomfortable and your clothes are tight. Maybe you need to find an outfit that is comfortable during those pre-days.

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4/4/13 3:32 P

It happens to me as well. I always feel supper fat a few days before my period. However, I always feel skinniest right after my period, so I try to focus on the good feeling that's coming in a week or so. Just remember that you aren't doing anything wrong if you are bloated before your's what our bodies do.

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4/4/13 1:02 P


Unfortunately, what you're experiencing you get to experience every month until menopause. I know that sounds daunting, but it isn't as bad as you'd think.

Here's what I've learned from my own experiences with PMS and its assorted symptoms.

First, keep your regular exercise schedule. Don't lie in bed and skip because you have cramps. Exercise helps the menstrual blood flow. that in turn helps to reduce the cramping. Do some strength training to increase the lean muscle in your back. Increasing lean muscle helps to reduce the lower back aches.

As you lose weight, you'll notice your symptoms decrease. that happened to me when I lost weight. Most of the PMS symptoms went away with the healthy lifestyle. However, I should warn you, they came back with peri-menopause. sigh. never the less, if you do your best to eat right and get some regular exercise, with time, you will notice that those symptoms DO become less acute.

Does the bloating ever go away ? Not entirely. I still bloat. it's no fun, but it does go a way in a few days.

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4/4/13 12:56 P


Unfortunately we can't control our hormones and what they do to our bodies, however we are on control as to our reactions to the inevitable. The reality is, the few extra pounds you gain during this time period is not from fat gain, but just a shift in fluids. For many people staying away from the scale during this time can take away a lot of the stress we cause ourselves when we see the number is up. Just understand this is a part of your life and within a few days, all will settle down.

Take Care!

Coach Nancy

MALLORYS1 Posts: 26
4/4/13 12:50 P

I thought I knew how to deal with frustrations about pre period weight gain but I'm so upset about this. My period comes in a few days and was feeing okay but then today I feel huge and feel like I look huge. I'm fairly small chested but now my breasts feel so painful and look waaaaay bigger. I know I have had this happen before but it's like I forget that this happens and how I felt a month ago. I feel like this is the worst one ever and it's not going to go away. I feel like everything feels tight and I'm so uncomfortable. I'm just upset nd feel like I'm never going to go back to my regular size. I'm up a few pounds already and I just feel huge. Does anyone else feel like this around their period? I feel like it's a silly question but actually hearing from someone else that they experience this I think would help me stop feeling like this is permanent.

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