No woman looks forward to their period. The bleeding. The tender breasts. The crushing fatigue and foul disposition. Those abdominal cramps are no picnic either. Then, as if all of that weren’t enough, your stomach swells up like a balloon and you can barely zip up your pants.
There’s good news, though. One, you are not alone. Bloating is an incredibly common symptom that affects 70 percent of women during their period. Two, there are many simple ways to relieve and reduce uncomfortable bloating that occurs when it’s that time of the month.
Here are 13 easy ways to decrease bloating on your period…
Avoid Gassy Foods
Some foods are difficult for the body to digest and tend to cause gassiness. When you’re on your period and just before, it is best to avoid these foods. More gas equals more bloat and more discomfort.
Foods that are known to cause gas and stomach bloating include cow’s milk, potatoes, beans, lentils, and corn, as well as vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.