As teenagers, we go through many emotional and physical changes. Midwives provide teens with education and support as they go through these changes. We can discuss with you and your family ways to ensure your health. We can provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your body as it goes through puberty and the reproductive years.
It is normal to feel emotional and crave sugary foods before and during your period. You may also feel changes such as bloating and breakouts. These symptoms are called Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS).
Menstrual cramps are normal and can be relieved by using a heat pack on your lower back or belly. If your symptoms are not improved by these methods, contact your care provider.
Tips to period survival:
- Eat healthier foods with less sugar and fat.
- Avoid caffeine.
- Reduce salt intake before and during your period.
- Eat small meals rather than big ones.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes at least 4-6 times per week; this includes walking, jogging, or swimming.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Stay on a regular schedule with eating, sleeping, and exercise.
- Talk to your provider if your PMS symptoms are not relieved.
Resources for teen health
Health Tips for On-the-Go Girls, from the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. Contains more information on topics such as puberty, exercise, self-esteem, and healthy relationships.