Many women experience bloating before their periods start, and you may notice that your abdomen feels full and swollen.
Just before menstruation, the body's hormone levels fluctuate to prepare the shedding of uterine lining. These hormones, including estrogen and progesterone, are responsible for most of the signs of PMS like bloating and mood swings.
Bloating happens because of excess salt and water retention in the body, and it usually goes away after your period starts. However, if you hate the feeling of a swollen, tense abdomen, there are some steps you can take to minimize this unpleasant experience.
Try to avoid excess salt intake before and during your periods to avoid water retention. It is also a good idea to stop eating processed items and consuming fruits and vegetables instead.
Drink at least 2L of water every day, as it helps to flush out excess salt from the system.
Avoid drinking coffee and tea before your periods as caffeine can aggravate the symptoms of PMS, including bloating.