I normally feel bloated, fat and have a gassy abdomen about a week lining up to my period. This month is especially bad. I looked like a 4 months pregnant woman from my side view. And what shocked me was that the needle on my scale went 2 notches to the right side! OMG!! Also, my Aunt Flow gave me an unexpected visit 4 days earlier this month. And the flow was very heavy. But by the second day, my weight dropped 2kg, back to where I was pre-period at 44kg, phew! 🙂 I can’t stop admiring my side view now, with a flat belly again. Now I can fish out my skimpiest bikini to flaunt 😉
Did you know that your monthly visitor affects the number on your scale?
Don’t worry—if your shocking weigh-in lands the week before your period, you can chalk it up to water weight. Weight gain happens five days before your period, but you’ll be back to normal once you start.
Pre-period water weight can range from half of a pound to 10 pounds, usually averaging around five for most women. That’s because the hormone progesterone—essential in the early stages of pregnancy—is to blame: when there’s no baby (aka when you get your period), these levels fall. As a side effect, each cell in your body retains an extra microscopic drop of water.
While it doesn’t lead to weight change, bloating caused by gas can magnify the situation by making you feel a size bigger.
You can combat these side effects the way you battle all bulge: with exercise. And drink a lot of water to help get rid of water retention. Also try and avoid fatty foods, alcohol and salt, which triggers your body to hold onto water.
If you suffer from weight gain and water retention before your period and wonder why this is happening, know you know the reason. After the heavy rain, you’ll see the rainbow. Keep your chin up for your best days are ahead of you. Most women usually feel at their peak in the first 7-10 days after their period. I don’t know about you but I feel my best towards the end of my period before the whole cycle repeats again with mid-cycle bloatedness and ovulation pain followed by PMS pains. Sigh, the pains of being a woman!