Post # 1
Hey there… I have a question for all you new Mrs’….
If I am not already pregnant *big oops, long story, already posted, not important* I have figured out *yes I am obsessive like that* that I am going to have my period not ONLY when I am scheduled to go dress shopping with my girls in a week or so but ALSO will likely have it on my wedding day or immediately after *like within 3 days* of the wedding.
Any brides have to deal with this? Their period while dress shopping or their period while getting married / immediately after??
I am not exactly freaking out about it – as I assume FH and I will not even have sex on the first night anyways *although we might HAVE to since it will be a no go within a day or two after* since we will be meeting our close friends and family for an afterparty at 7 – several hours after the reception ends – and probably go all night from the nap we will have had…
But how do you handle having your period? I dont take birth control d/t job related discrimination – the catholic church will not pay for birth control on their health plan – so I can’t just skip the pack pills…
Post # 3
I was on my period the day of our wedding. Honestly, I just wore a ‘super’ tampon, & made sure to put it in RIGHT before the wedding. We still had sex the morning after, period was not that heavy though. I would be less concerned about the sex part than the ‘on period while wearing white’ part though.
They sell pantiliners for both ‘normal’ underwear, and thongs, so if your period is heavy you may want to try using one of those in conjunction with the tampon.
Post # 4
Mine ended the day before the wedding, I do take the pill but didn’t care to ‘trick’ my body by skipping a week or whatever.
Post # 5
Ty Noelle – to be honest, I am not too worried, my periods are SUPER light – and I will DEFINATELY overcompensate like you suggested… honestly I think I’m stressed I will bloat like a freaking gorilla and not fit in my dress lol… No trouble with your dress though right????
And I get the kind of cramps that will lay you out… dear goodness – please let me skip my period that month from the stress of wedding planning lol
Post # 6
Irish: I wore spanx under my dress, so even if I was bloated, they really sucked me in! So I had no trouble fitting in my dress. I cut down on my salt intake the week of the wedding too, so maybe that helped as well.
I hope you don’t get cramps! That would stink =(. I guess maybe just take midol or something, even if you don’t have them, as a preventative measure?
Post # 7
Can you get something to take for the cramps? Ibuprofen works well for me, but I know some other people need Vicodin or something. Drinking extra water is supposed to help with bloating, and I think they have medicines for bloat anyway. Good luck!
Post # 8
I am actually one of those people that need to take a heavy duty pain killer – they are considering cutting my nerves eventually. I will probably do spandex, midol, a half a vic *so I can be coherent* and lots of water
I keep getting these horror images of the Sweet 16 Movie with Molly Ringwald with the sister’s period on her birthday – taking muscle relaxers, stumbling down the aisle lol.. sigh.
Post # 9
Check out these products- they’re alternatives to tampons and pads that won’t ‘interfere’ with wedding night/honeymoon activities!! (And if you try them out in advance, they might make dress shopping and other stuff less of a hassle).
The Dive Cup:
Post # 10
Look online for foods you are suposed to avoid during your period to avoid all the bloat. Things like caffeine, sugar, and salt top the list. Try not to give into your cravings so even if you bloat up a little bit, it’s MINOR in comparison to what you’d otherwise have. Salt’s the biggee. I lost 7 pounds in water retention just by cutting out the sodium in my diet for 4 days and upping my water intake to about 2+ nalgenes of water a day. Temporary fix, sure, but it works =]
Post # 11
Not to sound really immature but those cup things scare me, do you use one? Is it easy?? I mean heck, if it helps then I’m all for it… is it messy or feel messy???
FH doesn’t understand why I’m stressing about something 10 months away, but the other part of it is, I am due for my period next week and am dress shopping the day it’s due… I REALLY dont want to embarrass myself
Post # 12
I’m due for mine a couple days before the wedding, so I’m skipping it with my birth control pills. Even if your health insurance doesn’t pay for it, you could still consider going on birth control pills for six months or so. Your local health department can do your exam and give you the pills for free or at a discount, depending on your income. Or you could get a prescription from your doctor and pay for them yourself — most brands are about $30 per month, and Wal-Mart offers a couple generics for $9 per month. If you decide to do this, you should definitely start soon, as you may have spotting for a couple months as your body adjusts.
Oh, and it is completely safe to skip your period by skipping the placebo pills and going straight to the next pack. In fact, birth control pills were originally formulated so that you never had a period — the placebo pills were added later when the researchers found out that women were weirded out by the lack of a period!
Post # 13
I used to be on the 3 month pack and used to love a period only 4 x a year… but.. my health insurance wont pay for me to go to non caritas doctors – so that would be a full price visit AND none of the caritas doctors will prescribe it as it is against their policies…
Sigh. They AGGRIVATE me sooo much
Post # 14
Lately, my body has been swelling quite a bit around period time. I had my second-to-last fitting on my period, and my seamstress definitely noticed a big difference. I would just maybe monitor your body over the next few months, with the tape measure, to see if you significantly swell at all during your period.
Is your dress a corset back? I would think that could eliminate any problem, if you were a little more bloated than normal, as it could just be laced looser.
For shopping and the day-of, I would definitely recommend wearing Spanx, to give you more coverage and security. Good luck!
Post # 15
For cramps, I recommend taking 4 ibuprofen (yes, 4) when you get up, then again every 4-6 hours thereafter. It is a lot easier to prevent them than to stop them once they get a good start.
Post # 16
Irish- I haven’t used those products myself, but there have been others that have.
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