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PMS - What is it?

#PMS, #puberty

PMS stands for Premenstrual Syndrome, which sounds pretty serious doesn't it?! However, it's just the term used to describe the hormone changes that happen to some woman a week or two before their period.

So how
do I
know if
I’ve got

#PMS, #puberty

If you've been menstruating for a while you may notice the following signs up to TWO weeks before your period:

  • Irritable (that's more than normal btw!)
  • Weepy and crying at something you wouldn't normally.
  • Breakout of spots.
  • Feeling bloated.
  • Pains in your tummy.
  • Back aches.
  • Muscles and joints pains.

If you’ve got all these symptoms, don’t worry you don’t need to call the doctor. It’s perfectly normal for some of us to experience and there isn’t anything wrong with you.


Are there
any tips to
help PMS?

#PMS, #puberty

    Get out and about

  • If you're feeling out of sorts, you might not feel like moving anywhere. But, exercise is a great way to improve your mood. Stretching and breathing helps you relax and can also help you get a better night’s sleep.

    Watch what you eat

  • It's true, what you put inside you has a huge impact on how you feel. So a good way to stop you feeling bloated is to eat smaller portions more frequently.
  • Did you know that if you reduce the amount of salt in your diet it might make you feel less bloated and sluggish as well?
  • Why not also increase the amount of calcium-rich foods you eat, plus eat more of the green stuff to help improve your mood and ease any PMS symptoms.


  • If you feel achy, ask an adult for pain killers to help take away muscle cramps. Just remember that any kind of medication you take should only be taken under adult supervision.


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I'm 12 and my periods are so heavy, i pms like crazy

Tanya B

I was PMSing around 9 or 10, I didn't know what it was. I sometimes used to cry for no reason and get very emotional and moody. My mum said I was reaching puberty and it was my hormones and would ease off more once I start having periods.


OK, now I feel better about my PMS!!

It,s ya girl Charlie ????????????

Meh pms is rubbish 😔😔😔😔😔 it just effects with your life I suppose


To Bumble, If your little sis is already pmsing it might be a good idea that she starts carrying some pads in her bag just in case, girls as young as 9 can start their periods. Hugs to you Xxx


I’ve had 5 periods now and I’ve used lil let’s loads their pads are sooo good. I wanted to know why I experiance PMS during my prior and not before can someone tell me why that happens


My little sis is PMSing already, she is only 9.


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