About one week prior to my period, I am very weak and tired. I have tried getting more sleep, and have also tried eating smaller meals frequently throughout the day. Neither has helped. Is there anything that I can do to prevent or treat these symptoms?
Good news and bad news...
Good news is that there is nothing wrong with you, these symptoms are perfectly normal and related to fluctuating hormones in your menstrual cycle.
Bad news is that there really isn’t anything you can “do,” other than listen to your body, and rest. You seem to be doing the right things already.
You can alter your behavior to try to compensate for your lack of energy... try not to over schedule yourself on those days, no late nights out. Instead of pushing yourself to go to the gym, try taking a long walk instead. Eat complex carbohydrates, like fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, along with a protein, (this will help maintain your blood sugar levels). Don’t try to compensate for your low energy by drinking lots of caffeine: caffeine wil only make your other PMS symptoms (like bloating and cramps) even worse.
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