Signs and Symptoms
1. Breast swelling or tenderness.
5. Decrease or increase in sex drive.
6. Food cravings.
7. Bloating and weight gain.
8. Outbreaks of acne.
9. Mood swings, increased irritability, nervousness, or depression.
10. Diarrhea or constipation.
What to do now
1. Avoid salt, sugar, caffeine, and diary products the week before your period.
2. Avoid alcohol the week before your period. It can worsen headaches, fatigue, and depression.
3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals to help maintain a steady level of blood sugar and to avoid big drops in energy.
4. Get some sleep the week before your period; take long, warm baths to relax.
When to call a doctor
1. If you’ve followed the advice above, but your symptoms still interfere with your normal activities or relationships.
How to prevent it
Although there are no specific ways to prevent PMS, following these guidelines can help prevent the symptoms from interfering with your life:
1. Eat meals that include lots of complex carbohydrates (potatoes, bread).
2. Try to reduce stress. Learn to practice yoga or meditation.
3. Exercise daily.
4. If you smoke, quit.