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Bloating Before Period: What Causes It? How Can You Reduce the Swelling?

Bloating before period can become a really nasty problem at times. Let’s dive into the nature of this process to learn how to reduce swelling next time.

The week before your period, you may experience breast tenderness and swelling.

Abdominal swelling, bags under your eyes and other unpleasant indicators can be quite frustrating for every woman! The term for this is swelling or bloating, a common symptom of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Whether you experience PMS or not, you may still retain water during this time.

Water retention related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can create a bloated, heavy feeling a week or two before your period.

It is not known exactly what causes bloating before period and other symptoms of PMS, but changes in hormone levels and heredity seem to be major factors.

Dehydration can also cause water retention before (and sometimes during) your period. When the body needs to keep more fluid, it retains water to counter dehydration.

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Are you feeling waterlogged? Power foods like bananas and dark leafy greens contain essential minerals, such as magnesium and potassium that lessen water retention and bloating.

They do this by countering high levels of sodium in the body!

The more salty foods you consume, the more likely it is that your body will retain water to counterbalance it. 

Reducing your intake of refined sugars is also an important step to reducing period bloating. High sugar foods encourage the pancreas to release a hormone called insulin. In turn high levels of this cause water retention and period bloating. Might help with bloating before period as well — feel free to try it!

Do you get bloated just before your period?

Yes, the feeling of bloating just before the period is a very common symptom.

One may have this feeling of bloating every month, once in a while, or there is no feeling at all. Relief from the feeling of bloating happens immediately after the start of monthly periods or a few days into it.  As your period days pass by, the water retention declines rapidly and your tummy becomes flattened and the feeling of bloating vanishes.

How many days before a period do you bloat?

Bloating is a common early sign of PMS that many females experience. Feeling of bloating is there well before the start of your period. About 5 days before your period, the feeling of bloating increases and then is at its peak on the first day of a monthly period. You may experience the feeling of bloating every month, once in a while, or not at all.

Is bloating a sign of period or pregnancy?

Bloating could be a symptom of both PMS and early pregnancy. Bloating before and during a period is triggered by changes in the levels of the sex hormones – estrogen and progesterone.  Hormonal changes in early pregnancy cause the feeling of bloating, similar to the feeling females experience just before the start of their period. The bloating in early pregnancy makes women feel more snug than usual at the waistline. 

How do you stop bloating before your period?

To stop bloating before your period, follow these methods:

  • avoid salty foods as that helps to decrease water retention in the body and improve period bloating
  • eat potassium-rich foods
  • try diuretics (spinach, asparagus, pineapples, cucumber, leeks, ginger and garlic)
  • drink lots of water
  • avoid refined carbohydrates as these cause an increase in blood sugar levels which further elevates the insulin levels causing kidneys to retain more sodium. Excessive sodium leads to more water retention which causes bloating. 
  • exercise regularly

How do I get rid of bloating fast?

There are some simple ways to get rid of bloating quite fast:

  • Sip some lemon water
  • Try some Cayenne pepper and turmeric. These two stimulate digestion, relieves pressure and cramps and eases gas.
  • Drink coconut water to de-bloat.
  • Drink ginger tea. Ginger gives relief from the menstrual cramps that trigger bloating.
  • Drink peppermint tea to alleviate bloating.
  • Eat asparagus, which is a natural diuretic.
  • Eat spinach. Spinach alleviates belly bloat by pushing fiber through the digestive tract.
  • Work out.

What helps with premenstrual bloating?

  • Limit sugar substitutes
  • Prop a pro-biotic
  • Nibble on fresh parsley
  • Drink peppermint tea
  • Eat fermented foods
  • Lower stress levels by practicing yoga and meditation
  • Drink lemon water
  • Take enough magnesium and calcium
  • Cut the carbs

How do I get rid of bloating naturally?

  • Consume plant-based probiotics which have good microbes like Lactobacillus acidophilus. Some reliable options include kimchi, kombucha, tempeh, and sauerkraut
  • Chew fennel seeds or drink fennel tea/ginger tea
  • Sip lemon juice
  • Avoid canned beans and coffee
  • Try yoga
  • Eat ripe bananas and legumes with kombu

How do I get rid of bloating overnight?

In order to get rid of bloating overnight:

  • Take a bath with Epsom salt
  • Eat bananas as they are rich in potassium, a nutrient that helps in the regulation of fluid balance to flatten belly bloat
  • Do not eat white onions, button mushrooms, raw spinach, artichokes, cauliflower, corn, broccoli, and kale
  • Avoid eating gums that contain artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols like sorbitol and xylitol which cause bloating
  • Pile on the Cilantro to beat the bloat
  • Eat dark chocolate that has anti-inflammatory compounds
  • Eat slowly to avoid gulping air that causes bloating
  • Drink lemon water
  • Avoid eating anything greasy

How many days before your period do you feel bloated?

Bloating is a very common symptom of PMS. Bloating may begin a week or two before your period starts. As you get closer to the start of your periods, the oscillating waves from the upper end of the uterus work their way towards the cervix with a frequency of around forty minutes. When your periods are to begin, these waves become intense and cause bloating.

Does bloating cause weight gain?

If the bloating was caused by gas i.e. you gulped something really fast and swallowed a lot of air, chewed gum, had carbonated drinks or ate some cruciferous veggies, then you will not feel any weight gain. The gas makes its way out of your system in some time. However, if the stomach pooch is caused by a heavy binge, you are constipated, or it is your PMS week – then the body has some water retention and it gains a few pounds at most. This extra weight vanishes when your period arrives or your body digests the extra food. 


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