I mean we thought period cramps were enough never mind the added bloating. 

About 70% of women suffer from bloating during their period. This is due to the fluctuations in oestrogen levels and the drop in progesterone levels just before you begin your period. When our oestrogen levels are higher our bodies tend to retain a lot of water and progesterone is higher causing the feeling of fullness and bloating. 

But we have good news these easy steps can help with your bloating during your period: 

Pick Protein and Potassium Rich Foods: Eat food which will not cause you to bloat even more, such as bananas, sweet melon and tomatoes. Protein is another good beat along with foods like watermelon and cucumbers which work as natural diuretics leaving you feeling lighter on your feet. 

Stay Away From Foods That Cause Gas: Foods such as broccoli and brussels sprouts should be no goes at this time of the month. They contain complex sugars which our bodies battle to break down properly this leading to gas and bloating.

Don’t Skip Your Workout Routine: Working out is probably the last thing you feel like doing while on your period, we know right?! But according to doctors by getting your heart rate up is one of the best ways to alleviate PMS symptoms as well as bloating.

Cut Back On Caffeine & Alcohol During Your Period: Alcohol will enhance PMS symptoms like mood swings and bloating while caffeine can overstimulate the digestive tract and irater your bowel along with causing dehydration which results in water retention. So look at it on the bright side you save on that take away cuppa for the next 7 days.

Reach For An Anti-Inflammatory: Anti-Inflammatories block the chemicals which cause bloating. To prevent bloating completely take an anti-inflammatory a couple of days prior to the beginning your period.

Lose The Fizzy Drinks: Fizzy drinks are a temporarily comfort which will leave you way more bloated than before. Still to water and aim to drink up to eight glasses a day. Green and peppermint tea add as natural anti-inflammatory agents.

Try The Pill: The pill isn’t the answer for some women but it is known to reduce painful periods as well as aides in stabilising hormones.

Let us in on your PMS secrets. x