This scenario is all too familiar: You, crunched over in a ball with an empty bag of potato chips and chocolate bar wrappers strewn about yelling out “Why God why!?” while wondering if you’re considered ‘Promises Rehab’ status if you take ten Advil.If there is anything that my period cramps have taught me it’s that I soo do not want to have children. They say cramps are supposed to prepare your body for childbearing. I even read that because of this fact, I should ‘man up and face the pain’.
Nothing says “Let’s get pregnant” like debilitating cramps that ruin my weekend and keep me in fetal position for hours at a time. Childbirth is going to be like cupcakes and dandelions. Can’t wait.
When it comes to cramps I would say I take the opposite route of “manning up”. Heating pads, drugs, exercise, (booze?), whatever is necessary to help me get rid of the pain, I welcome with open arms.
So imagine my delight and rapid trip to my local health food store when I saw this article.
Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Black Currant Seed Oil are all anti-inflammatory oils that help to reduce prostaglandins (molecular compounds released when your old uterine lining starts breaking down and causes your uterus to contract).
To help ease the pain and make life enjoyable for you (and those around you) the article suggests these natural alternatives.
Four to Seven days before the onset of your period, Take:
* 500-1000 mg dose of Evening Primrose Oil once a day in capsule form (available at vitamin shops and health food stores)
* 200-400 mg of magnesium
* 100-200 mg of vitamin B6 (evidence shows that B6 helps to reduce bloating. Calcium and Magnesium also are shown to help ease cramps and spasms).
Avoid foods that cause inflammation such as sugar, meat and dairy (unless organic, meat and dairy are pumped with antibiotics which can cause inflammation).
Exercise! Not only does a sweat session help guard you against inflammation, we all know by now that exercise releases endorphins which will help you feel better overall.
Don’t wait until you are crying/screaming/contemplating suicide to down those painkillers.
Starting a week before, take one painkiller a day to block prostaglandin production.
It’s time to show your uterus who’s the boss.
Got any other uterus-kicking tips? You KNOW we want to hear ‘em!