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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.
Bloating pain

Bloating before period is a frequent PMS symptom

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.

Swelling before period: what causes it?

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 this 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.

Use the app to log your symptoms and to get more valuable information.

Flo lets you track a variety of symptoms!

Use Flo to log any discomfort you experience throughout your menstrual cycle. Over time, you may see a pattern!

How to get rid of period bloating

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 bloating. High sugar foods encourage the pancreas to release a hormone called insulin. In turn high levels of this cause water retention and bloating.


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