What diet changes can I make to help relieve PMS symptoms?
There are simple diet changes that you can make that may relieve the symptoms of PMS:
- Eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates because they can reduce mood symptoms and food cravings. Complex carbohydrates are found in foods made with whole grains, like whole-wheat bread, pasta, and cereals. Other examples include barley, brown rice, beans, and lentils.
- Reduce your intake of fat, salt, and sugar
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Change your eating schedule to eat six small meals a day rather than three large ones. Keeping your blood sugar level stable will help with symptoms.
What is PMS?
Premenstrual Syndrome, also known as PMS, comes with many symptoms that a woman may experience related to her menstrual cycle. These symptoms can happen a week or two before a woman’s period. There are many symptoms of PMS, such as:
- Bloating, diarrhea, or constipation
- Tenderness and swelling in the breasts
- Joint or muscle pain
- Mood swings
Those are just a few of the symptoms. All symptoms of PMS should go away once your period starts.
If you are experiencing severe PMS symptoms, call Dr. Hill to schedule an appointment.
What is the difference between PMS and PMDD?
PMS can cause moodiness. If you are experiencing anxiety and depression, and these feelings are making your daily life difficult, you may be experiencing premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. If you are crying, feeling hopeless, depressed or anxious before your menstrual cycle, you may be experiencing PMDD. There is a treatment for PMDD. Call Dr. Hill today to schedule your appointment.
Why are my nipples so tender?
Many women report that their nipples are most sensitive just before their menstrual cycle begins. If this tenderness is new to you, there are a few possible reasons for this. Sensitive nipples are often a symptom of pregnancy or new birth control