Did you know that many girls/women always report having abdominal or pelvic pain at the beginning of their menstrual cycle? Well, just so you know this pain usually lasts 1 or 2 days or even more as it varies from one person to another. 

#WhileYouStayHome here is what might relieve you of the discomforting pain.

Hot water bottle: Of course, you know a hot water bottle, right! A container made out of rubber. This bottle can be found in supermarkets. Boil water and pour it in and seal with a stopper,  it is placed on the abdomen to provide warmth. The heat will help relax the muscles and relieve cramps. 

You can also soak in a warm bath. The warm bath will help relax muscles in the abdomen, back, and legs. 

Gentle Exercise: Although this might be one of the last thoughts in a girl’s mind /woman’s mind during menstrual cramps it greatly provides relief. These might include gentle stretching, yoga or walking.

Massage: Getting a massage or doing self-massage over the abdomen can help relax the pelvic muscles and alleviate cramping.  You can use massage oil, body lotion or coconut oil to rub.

Dietary Changes: What you eat plays a big role in your body and for the girls during menstrual cramps you even need to be keener on what you eat.  Always eat more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins among others which help the body remain strong and healthy. Avoid fine refined foods including sugar, bread or pasta as well as alcohol, Tobacco, caffeine as most of them increase inflammation. 

In addition,  also increases the fluid intake of water and herbal teas which help the body remain hydrated as well as help ease bloating. One can drink up to 6 – 8 glasses of water a day.  Water doesn’t hurt gal!

Hey, before you sign out, note that cramps are a common symptom before and during periods. Cramps are normal but there might be some scenarios where they indicate something more serious. In case all these home remedies are not successful in relieving menstrual cramps, then it’s important for you to speak to a doctor. 

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  • * Avoid fine refined foods including sugar, bread or pasta as well as alcohol, Tobacco, caffeine as most of them increase inflammation.

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