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How can you prevent bloating during your period?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some options: Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with your doctor’s approval. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Bloating: Bloating prior to or during your period is often due to fluid retention & slower digestion (constipation). To decrease bloating avoid salt intake (including prepackaged foods), increase water intake (to flush the body & reduce constipation), consider magnesium or calcium supplements (with your physician’s approval) or otc medications that include a diuretic such as midol.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Bloating help: Bloating prior to or during your period is often due to fluid retention & slower digestion (constipation). To decrease bloating avoid salt intake (including prepackaged foods), increase water intake (to flush the body & reduce constipation), consider magnesium or calcium supplements (with your physician’s approval) or otc medications that include a diuretic such as midol.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Bloating: Bloating prior to or during your period is due to fluid retention & slower digestion (constipation). To decrease bloating avoid salt intake (including prepackaged foods), increase water intake (to flush the body & reduce constipation), consider magnesium or calcium supplements (with your dr’s approval) or otc meds that include a diuretic such as midol. Exercise and birth control pills may help.

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