It is normal for a woman to gain an average of five pounds of water weight before her period. 

If you’ve been working hard at the gym and focusing on a healthy diet, you may be surprised to learn that you’ve actually gained weight when you step on the scale. If you’re a few days away from your period, don’t fret, because what you are likely dealing with is water weight. This water retention is because of a hormone called progesterone. This hormone is necessary for the beginning stages of pregnancy, but when you don’t get pregnant, the levels of progesterone fall off. This causes your cells to retain more water. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to battle the pre-period bloat:

#1. Drink lots of water. 

To many women, fighting water retention with more water seems counterintuitive, but it really is the most effective solution. When you drink plenty of water, it actually encourages your body to release more of the water that it is storing.

#2. Get moving on a regular basis. 

When you are PMSing, exercise is often the last thing on your to-do list, but it’s important to make regular exercise a part of your lifestyle. Not only can regular exercise help to prevent the pre-period bloat, it can also help to reduce the other PMS symptoms that are getting you down.

#3. Eat six small meals instead of three big ones.

If you eat three big meals a day, it’s easy to feel overly full after you eat, and this can make you feel even more bloated. Instead, eat six small meals spread throughout the day. In addition to preventing you from feeling overly full, it will also help to keep your blood sugar regulated, which will also aid in reducing bloat.

Learn more tips for battling the bloat when you stay tuned for our next blog.