Post # 1
I tried SO hard to plan our wedding around my period- but as it goes, our wedding is next month and it turns out I will be PMS-ing- read BLOATING (and irritable LOL) ON our wedding day. I am so sad because I gain literally between 5-7 pounds of water weight, then it sheds VERY fast within 24 of getting AF. Those 5-7 pounds tend to go right to my waist (which I am not concerned too much about with my dress) and then of course right to my FACE. It’s enough to make me look double-chinny- and just all around puffier 🙁
Any suggestions on how to manage the bloating?
Note: I canot take Midol- for some reason every time I take it I end up vomiting, so I don’t want to go that route on our wedding day.
Any other tricks/tips/suggestions? I would be most grateful- this is one things I was SO worried about because PMS is b*tch for me every since having my son.
Post # 4
Avoid ALL salt the week before and double up on your water and unsweetened green tea intake. As a last resort…do you have a good relationship with your PCP or GYN? If you don’t have any health problems, see if he/she will call in 1 or 2 Lasix tablets for you. If taken in low doses, it’s a mild – but very effective – diuretic. Just don’t take it right before you walk down the aisle…you will have to pee constantly for an hour or two after you take it! Good luck…I am hoping my own AF doesn’t change course between now and my (carefully planned) wedding date!
Post # 5
@MrsEME: I have the same problem. It all goes to my waist, face and ankles. Things like jeans and such sometimes don’t even fit. I take a mild over the counter diuretic (Diurex) and it helps. Also if you have the time the morning(?) of your wedding and you can sit in a sauna for a bit, you’ll get rid of some excess water weight. Good luck!
Post # 6
I don’t know that there will be a sauna available to me- I will be staying in a hotel, but I don’t know if there is one. Are there any sude effects with the diuretic? Id be willing to try it- although I don’t have another sample period before now and the wedding- I’d just hate to take something that made me not feel well the on my wedding day!
Post # 7
I will avoid salt- that’s for sure. My GYN is a great DR- but he will likely think I am nuts if I call and ask for that. I used to have a woman, but right when I needed some immediate care, she had a medicl leave, so I had to switch. I bet SHE would have done it for me LOL
Post # 8
The one I take is very mild. I take it during the entire week before my period. Can’t even say that it makes me “go” a lot more often, but when I do go, the one thing I notice is that the urine is very clear. And the PMS “puff” isn’t as bad as when I don’t take it. The box says it may cause temporary blue–tinted urine
! LOL So there’s that. It’s never happened to me, though.
If you’d prefer to try something natural, dandelion tea helps with water retention and it is perhaps something you can try out before your next cycle.
Post # 9
Ahhhh yes!! I was just at Target, and I stopped to look a the teas and noticed the dandelion root- i might try that!! I bought some raspbery leaf tea- I hear that can jumpstart your AF. One thing that is (annoyingly consistent) is that I always get AF around
the same time, but it’s usually 3-5 “late” every month. Which is exactly why I know I will be PMSsy on my wedding day- because I still haven’t gotten it this month ARGH!
Post # 10
Oh I had to face this, but in the end, I got them a couple of days before the wedding, and I was fine, but anyway that’s beside the point. I always bloat a lot for about a week before I get my period, and here’s what I did:
– avoid wheat and dairy (both bloat me) for a few months before the wedding. There might be something in your diet that bloat you more during that time, and it’s worth looking at/ for all possible sources of bloat
– drink loads of water and avoid salt: should be done on a regular basis anyway, but unless you exercise a lot, or you only eat non-processed foods, then you should be ok with cutting out added salt from your diet
– take an Epsom salts bath a few days (3) before the wedding and again the day/ night before
– and it’s to late for your November wedding (it can take up to 3 months to kick in), but taking evening primrose oil capsules really helps me with my symptoms
I ended up being ok with my zipper dress, from all the things above, but also because I was so busy in the days before the wedding that I didn’t have time to eat! And I’m an emotional eater, so that’ll tell you!