When it gets really bad, sometimes all I can do is lay down and wait it out.
Lately though, I’ve been trying to really understand the WHY behind things so that I can better take care of myself. Why does our period come with cramps? What can we do to ease the pain? Here’s what I found out!
Here’s why we have period cramps
Ughhhh THE CRAMPS. Why are they a thing?!
Seriously. I researched why.
It all comes down to shedding that lovely uterine lining. When that happens every month (more or less, depending on the person), a hormone is released that makes the uterus contract. So yeah, those cramps that feel like your uterus is literally twisting into a knot? Those are your muscles tensing up to get rid of the old lining. A little inflammation is common too.
People with heavy periods or other conditions like endometriosis or fibroids tend to have more intense cramps.
And here’s how to find some relief
I’ve had some painful periods that feel so crazy that I just wanna roll up into a ball. It’s THE WORST. But there are actually a lot of ways to make the pain less intense!
- A warm bath
- Heating pad
- Light massage
- Avoiding heavy meals
- Staying active, if possible
- Supplements like B1, B6, omega-3s, and magnesium
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Try some of these stretches too!
Light, restorative exercise like stretching or doing yoga is amaaaazing for period pain relief!
Here are my favorite stretches to help relax and relieve the muscles in and around your uterus!
I love using a rolled up pillow for extra support so I can relax into the poses for at least a minute. You could also use a bolster or rolled blanket!
Other relaxation techniques like deep breathing are helpful too!
Check in with your doctor if your pain level is beyond what’s normal.
Simple things like stretching and warm baths won’t help if something more serious is going on. Obviously I can’t give any medical advice, so be sure to contact someone who can if you struggle to find relief!