10. Don’t go upside down
Unless you do yoga, this probably isn’t on your to-do list anyway. But if you do, you might want to skip inverted postures such as shoulder stand, headstand and handstand.
There’s no evidence that inversions during your period are harmful, they don’t create a risk of endometriosis in healthy people, as is sometimes said. However, on the first couple of days of your period, it’s good to support what your body is trying to do — i.e. get rid of things — so going with gravity not against it.
Go easy on strong crunches and core work, too. You don’t want to be adding extra cramping to that area. Instead, focus on poses that give your abdominal area space at this time such as lying down butterfly/cobbler’s pose.
11. Don’t skip your workouts
It definitely feels better in the moment to stay put on your couch rather than go to spin class, but doing your regular workout can actually help you feel better, alleviating headaches, fatigue, and even anxiety. Exercise does the body good. It will help re-energize you as well as help with menstrual cramps.
12. Postpone your breast exam
The breasts are incredibly sensitive to changes in hormonal production. Fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone can make both breast exams and mammograms more uncomfortable.
Additionally cystic breast changes are more likely to be palpated on an exam — it can unnecessarily raise a red flag. While monthly breast exams are a very good idea, don’t set your alarm to the first few days of heavy flow.
13. Don’t eat a lot of dairy
A bowl of macaroni and cheese might be all you want during Aunt Flow’s visit, but you might want to hold off until after she leaves town.
Dairy is not your friend during your period. Ever notice how much more gassy you are around the time of your period? Most of this is hormonal. Add dairy on top of that, and it’s like adding salt to the wound. More cramping, irritable bowels please!