Period Problems On Top Of Being a Busy Mom? No Thanks.
We know that sometimes, the very last thing you want to deal with, is your period.
Painful cramping, changes with mood, are enough to deal with on their own. If you’ve ever been on vacation on the beach, and had your period, you know it is not ideal. And then we add in the factor of being a busy Mom, that just seems to put us over the edge. We’re not only responsible for pulling cheerio’s out of our hair, but to continue on with our daily routine, despite the uterine cramping that feels like we’ve been stabbed.
Honest question – Are there any positives to having a period? (Aside from needing it regulated, from a fertility perspective).
The answer: absolutely. And we’ll give you 3.
1. Periods are our monthly report card. They give us clues to how our health and bodies are currently functioning.
It’s the signal that tells you – we need to pay attention. The cue that there is an underlying, deeper problem here, and the signal of ‘painful periods’ is what gets you to pay attention, and tune in.
Symptoms can be thought of as signals or clues, that require attention. For example, the painful periods and migraine headaches you experience every month, may be the result of elevated inflammation, or a nutritional deficiency. These possibilities must be explored, if we have any hope of ditching the monthly Advil/Tylenol fix for period pains. We’re talking about long-term relief here.
2. Busy Mom, slow down. This is your monthly reminder.
We encourage all women to download a phone app, to track their cycle. This isn’t just how long the cycle is, and when the flow starts, but also details like heaviness, clotting, anxiety levels, sleep quality, and other physical symptoms such as breast tenderness or migraine headaches. Once you start tracking your cycle each month, you’re able to pick up on details, that you may have otherwise overlooked.
It’s hard to recall how you feel, when you’re thinking back 30 days. Forgetting that you were curled up on the couch in pain on the Tuesday of Day 2 of your cycle, after the kids have been put to bed, and you’re sitting there snacking on all available food like the cookie monster. (Ps! No shame. We’ve all been there at some point).
These shifts may be subtle, and not all necessarily ‘bad’. Some of the more pleasant shifts may be an increased libido, or even feeling great in clothes, you wouldn’t normally feel great in. Tuning in to how you’re feeling will always be of benefit. The signal to ‘slow down’ is often the one that is overlooked, as we ‘push through’ the extreme fatigue and ‘Mom brain’. I encourage you to pay attention to that ‘slow down’ signal, and act on it.
3. Periods are not all about pregnancy.
Let’s do a poll! How many of us thought when we were younger, that knowing the details of your period were only relevant, when it came to trying for a baby?
Some of us likely thought that the details of the cycle only really mattered, if we wanted to have a baby.
But periods truly are for so much more than that. Knowing the details gives us much insight into our bodies – again, going back to it being a useful signal. Much like we should be paying attention to our bowel movements, and how well we’re digesting our foods, our cycles should be tuned into with that same level of awareness.
The more you know about your body and how it works, the better off you’ll be. After all, you are the expert of your body – you have the inside edge, even over your doctor. Even if you never want to become pregnant, once we optimize your hormones, chances are, you’ll feel like the newly updated 2.0 version of you.
If this has sparked your interest, we’ve created The Hormone Code Program, designed for busy Moms on the go, in mind.
To learn more, book your free strategy call with us, to see how we can best serve you. – contact us to book your free strategy session.
-Naturopathic Doctors at Health Over All
*Disclaimer* The Strategy Call does NOT include any free medical advice. It is to determine the best course of action for you!