Periods. They come and go, don’t they? Only that sometimes when they come around, you don’t really know what to do. Then things get pretty awkward.
However, periods can be easier when you know exactly what to do. Here are three tips to guide you:
Don’t: Eat fatty, salty and sugary foods
They’re known to increase fatigue, bloating, anxiety and mood swings. They can make your breasts super tender too. One more thing to avoid? Dairy products. Milk is calcium-rich and nutritious. But it isn’t your friend during your period because it increases gas and cramps. So it’s best to stay off milk until your period is over. Yes, avoiding some of these foods is easier said than done — especially if you like them. But you can do it.
Do: Eat fish, vegetables and fresh fruits
They’ll boost your mood and improve your health. Drink a cup of hot tea with ginger and/or honey as well. It helps reduce menstrual cramps. If you have heavy flow, eat foods that contain iron like beans, eggs, ugu and unripe plantain to reduce the risk of anaemia. (A condition where you have fewer red blood cells than normal.) Also, drink lots of water to stay well-hydrated.
Don’t: Wear white clothing
If you’re prone to getting stained during your period, avoid white/brightly-coloured clothing. That way, you won’t need to check your backside every minute. You deserve peace of mind during your period.
Do: Wear dark-coloured clothing.
It’ll calm your nerves and boost your confidence. And if you get stained, nobody else will notice. Then you can sneak off and change your clothes if necessary.
Don’t: Skip exercise
No matter how tempting your bed is, don’t just lie there. There are easy workout moves that can make you feel better. Which brings us to….
Do: Simple exercises like stretching and walking
They reduce anxiety, fatigue and menstrual cramps. So they’ll do your body a whole lot of good. Get up and get moving, girl.
Remember, you’re not protected from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDS) even during your period. Any questions? Talk to a trusted adult like an older sister, an aunt, or an experienced health professional.