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Tips and Tricks For Easing Period Cramps

I think most people can agree that the worst thing about getting your period is knowing you have to suffer through cramps and try to carry on with your life as best as possible while wanting so badly to curl up in a ball and cry. I don’t want to get into a rant so I’ll just get on with the list.

Below are some tried and tested ways to ease, reduce and distract you from your waves of cramps.

Team member Winnie is often in excruciating pain on her first & second day period. Thank goodness for this hot water bottle at work. 

  1. To relax your contracting muscles apply a heated wheat bag or hot water bottle.
  2. I hate hearing this one too but light exercise does help. I’m rarely in the position to be able to exercise when I’m first day cramping but hey some of you might be more motivated than me. Gentle yoga is the way to go.
  3. Adding a small piece of ginger to hot water.
  4. I know this one sounds backwards and doesn’t feel right because you don’t want to feel fuller but drinking plenty of water will help reduce bloating.
  5. Consuming more anti-inflammatory foods while avoiding inflammatory foods.
  6. Avoid processed foods, sugar and preservatives.
  7. Having a warm soothing bath with essential oils.
  8. Massaging a blend of essential oils into your abdomen, if you’re looking down at your abdomen massage in clockwise circles. Add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil or olive oil to the essential oils as they shouldn’t be put on the skin without a carrier oil.

An essential oil recipe that we just learned is;

Lavender - 3 drops
Peppermint - 1 drop
Cypress - 2 drops
Ginger - 1 drop

If all else fails, curl up on the couch with your favourite book or movie (Harry Potter to both of those if you’re like me) and complain to anyone who will listen that your uterus lining is in fact trying to escape your body and you need to be given tea at hourly intervals as well as an entire chocolate cake.

There are certainly many ways than just the ones provided above to make period pains more bearable. Go and give what you read and hear about a try because what works for others may also work for you. You don't have to put up with terribly period cramps and if it's more painful than usual or pain is increasing over time, please see a doctor about it.

Despite the pain that comes around every month, I'm still glad that I can get indications about my menstrual health and overall wellbeing from my periods. I probably only have another 306 periods to go in my lifetime. Here's to another month over. #wearestrong  

 

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March 22, 2018 — hannahpad Australia & New Zealand