There are several types of signs of period that a woman gets her menstruation. Those early signs of period are called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). There are hundreds of signs, both of physical and emotional nature. The most common signs the period is coming are:
Signs of Period – Cramps in the lower abdomen
The cramps are pains in the belly and pelvic area. This is one of the signs of period that more than 50 % of all women suffer from, 15% of them describe their menstrual cramps as severe. A hot water bottle on the abdomen or a hot bath can help with abdominal pain.
Bloating of the stomach
Many women experience a bloating of the stomach. High-potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes, nuts, and asparagus help flush excess liquid out of the body. On the contrary starches like pasta and bread retain the water.
Weight gain due to fluid retention in the tissues (edema)
The weight gain is temporary, if on experiences this edema it usually disappears after the period is over. The feet, legs and ankles are the most common sites for fluid retention. Only a few women also experience swelling of their hands or face. To relief the edema, it is recommended to eat food that contains a lot of calcium and avoid food with a lot of salt. For instant relief compresses are helpful. If the feet, legs or ankles are very swollen placing a pillow under the legs when lying down helps the body to re-absorb pooled fluid. If a women has a long term edema she should seek medical help to rule out other underlying medical conditions.
Skin Changes due to hormonal acne
Another sign of a upcoming period are more is the unexpected appearance of pimple flareups and cystic acne. This is called hormonal acne. 44 % of all women have hormonal acne, occurring usually the week before the period sets in. Hormonal contraceptives have long been used to reduce those sign of getting the period, mostly because they help regulate the hormonal fluctuation.
Tiredness, fatigue, exhaustion symptoms
Days prior to the period the energy level can go down an some women experience PMS tiredness up to exhaustion symptoms. Drinking a lot of water helps as well as trying to get enough rest and a good night sleep.
Nausea and circulatory problems
Nausea and circulatory problems before the period can be very discomforting. Unusual severe cases of nausea can also be a sign of pregnancy. Normal levels of nausea and circulatory problems can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Painful tension, swelling, and extreme sensitivity to touch the breasts is also a sign of getting the period. The so-called mastodynia causes the breast to be very sensitive to touching and pressure
These are some of the most common signs of period. Many of them have a simple cure. If symptoms persist and don´t get better within a few days, you might want to see a doctor.