Post # 1
So, my wedding is exactly 1 month from today, and I am currently having “that time of the month” right now. Unfortunately that means I will also be on “that time of the month” on my wedding day. I get really, really bad water retention and bloating during my period, and I don’t want to look bloated on my wedding day! Is there any advice that you guys have to reduce the bloat? I’m freaking out, and I have an IUD so I’m not on the pill, meaning I don’t have the option to “skip” my period. Any advice you guys have is much appreciated, I just really want to feel my prettiest on my wedding day! Thank you so much!
Post # 2
rachelmiche: avoid sodium at all costs, drink tons of water, go sweat in a steam or sauna the day before (only the recommended time, don’t go nuts)
i would also fight this with some herbs. I know Dandelion is a natural diuretic, you can take it in a tea or tincture. An herbal diuretic will be less harsh with little/no side effects but you could go the over the counter diuretic route too- id just be weary. Natural is better!
A tincture of Shephards Purse might delay/lessen your period, it’s been used for centuries to stop uterine bleeding. do your own research but generally herbs are very low risk- they may or may not work for you but they won’t hurt! I’m obsessed with SP.
Hit google “holistic pms bloat remedy” then hit the health food shop! And remember to take only the max recommended dose- don’t go nuts and make yourself sick.
Post # 3
Apple Cider Vinegar. Seriously. It sounds gross but it totally works! Search pinterest or the web for ACV drink recipes (i’m not sure if i can post links here?)
Post # 5
rachelmiche: Careful if you are planning to try diuretic water pills. I started taking them about 6 weeks before my wedding and they worked great (had to pee non-stop and reduced bloating), but pretty much right away I started getting a serious pain in my ankle. The pain was the worst in the mornings…I was limping around for the first 45 minutes after waking up until the pain subsided. My ankle was literally throbbing and I had no idea why. I got so bad by day 4 or 5 I couldn’t walk at all and called my Mom (she’s a nurse) in tears. She thought it might be gout, which I always assumed was an ailment common among the elderly! Anyway I googled gout and sure enough one of the possible causes are diuretics. So ya I stopped taking them immediately and my ankle pain disappeared. I wouldn’t ever take water pills again.
Post # 6
I take water pills when I’m going to be bloated for an event and they have never had a negative effect on me. In fact I’m pretty sure I took them for my wedding as I was also on my pd and had an IUD so I couldn’t skip it. I’ve never taken them for 6 weeks though, only during the time that I’m actually bloated.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2014 - The Celebration Farm
Drink tons of water, avoid salt, take an OTC diuretic, eat a lot of water-dense foods (like watermelon), take some Midol. My diet severely influences my bloating so I would just be wary of that for a week or few days leading up to the wedding.
Post # 8
Carb heavy foods like pasta, rice and pastry give me the bloat so I’d avoid them in the week leading up. Like others have said, drink plenty of water every day (2-3 litres) because it really really helps. Herbal teas are good too, lemon and ginger is my favorite. Some gentle exercise the day before and the morning of the wedding, if you can, will help too. Maybe invest in some beautiful but secure underwear with a large surface area, you don’t want to be worrying about leaking!
Post # 9
Ah, I bloat up terribly and am unfortunately a pro at this.
Lots of water. NO sodium (you’d be surprised where it’s hiding) and low carbs 1-2wks prior minimum. Lay off the fiber the week of, as well as any weightlifting or strenuous exercise. Fiber promotes gas (though great for digestion) and any strain on muscle fibers will make you retain water. You can take a water pill the couple days before and day of. Midol and tons of water usually does the trick for me, though.