Its not just you: The scale really does move (and your jeans really do get tighter) during that time of the month.
Some people can even gain up to five pounds (or more) during their period say Lauren Striecher.
MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the medical director of the Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause at Northwestern Medicine.
But it's not technically as grim as it sounds-a lot of that period weight gain
is water weight (a.k.a., only temporary), because of your BFF, PMS. You retain a lot of fluid when your period comes, and then the weight goes away afterward," says Streicher.
Still, that doesn't make it any less annoying-keep these factors in mind the next time the scale ticks up ever-so-slightly during that time of the month.
The female sex hormone estrogen peaks during the latter part of your menstrual cycle, right before your period, says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine. And high levels of it can indirectly lead your body to retain fluid, making you feel bloated and potentially causing you to gain a few pounds of water weight.
The good news: Estrogen levels drop as you start your period, so youll feel some relief just in time for the cramps to kick in.
Some women notice their breasts increase by a full size on their periods, due to progesterone.
The other hormone at play here is progesterone, says Natasha Johnson, MD, a gynecologist at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. Progesterone levels spike in the second half of your cycle, leading to water retention, breast tenderness, and sometimes water weight she says.
But it's not all bad news: Some women notice their breasts increase by a full size on their periods-again, thanks to progesterone which causes your body to pull fluid from the blood vessels to the tissues, making them appear fuller, perhaps to get ready for a potential pregnancy, she says. But again, this is only temporary, so if you don't get pregnant, your body will go back to normal.
Wild guess: Your period probably doesn't leave you craving
broccoli. It's the salty and sweet stuff that's on your mind.
Unfortunately, those foods are exactly what you don't need right now, says Lisa Dabney, MD, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Munching on salty chips and simple carbs, like candy or donuts, leads to fluid retention, she says.
If you're soothing yourself with Dominos and ice cream (seriously, you do you) it's possible that an extra pound may stick around after your period peaces out. (Though, it would take a lot of pizza and ice cream to actually make gain a pound of fat in a week
If you're trying to lose weight, make sure youre hydrated, seek out lean protein like Greek yogurt to keep you full, and eat mindfully
to keep your weight-loss goals on track.
You feel lazy, bloated, and tired-I get it. But even though hitting the gym may be the last thing on your mind, working up a sweat might help keep your body (and the scale) in check, says Dabney.
That's because sweating helps you shed extra water weight. Plus, that endorphin boost can squash cramps, she says. Then again, if you're not feeling a sweat session, there's no shame in taking a day off.
Your cravings might have you chowing down, but thats not the only reason you could end up with bloating. According to M. Kathleen Borchardt, MD, an ob-gyn at Houston Methodist, the progesterone hormone builds up in your body before your cycle starts and acts as a smooth muscle relaxant-and that slows down spasms in your gastrointestinal tract, which might jam up your digestive tract.
The progesterone can slow down your normal gut motility and result in constipation, Borchardt explains, adding that you can take a probiotic if youre constantly battling the GI bulge during your period.
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