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As a child, my daughter was obsessed with babies. She wanted to know how she could get one for herself. Why does that 16 year old girl at church have one and she can’t? If she asks Santa, will he leave her one under the Christmas tree? She was intent on figuring out how we could get a new baby. *I* can honestly say that there was no way in heck I wanted one of those little buggers in my life again! So, we had a nice, long chat about where babies come from. We included LOTS of details about female anatomy and physiology and how her body would get ready to one day have a baby. A day very, VERY far away I might add! I think our little chat was very helpful. At the age of 13 she has a firm understanding of how her body works and is determined that one day she will ADOPT a baby because no way in heck is she ever having sex. Works for me!
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Communication is key when it comes to educating our daughters about their bodies. As a mom, you have been having your period for quite some time now. Over the years, I’m sure you have learned quite a bit about how to deal with all the issues associated with menstruation. It only makes sense that we share that knowledge with our own daughters to make their transition into womanhood a tad bit easier. Here are a few key things I have told my own daughter that you may want to mention.
5 Things Your Daughter Should Know About Her Period
1. Your period is part of a cycle…one that starts with an egg and ends in a period, provided you are not allowing any sperm anywhere near it. You might think that your daughter is too young to learn about eggs and sperm and sex and boys. She may still be a baby in your eyes. But, a girl who is getting her period is one who can also be getting pregnant. Too many girls are clueless about the female body’s reproductive cycle. Those are usually the ones who end up pregnant WAY too early so make sure you educate her about female biology!
2. Your period may or may not be very regular. Don’t let your body’s irregularity make you prone to embarrassment. Keep track of the dates of your period with a pocket calender or high tech app. But, don’t think just because your kindle says your period will arrive on Tuesday that your body will pay it any attention whatsoever. You are just as likely to get your period on Monday or Friday so ALWAYS be prepared. Tuck a Playtex® Sport® Pad into your backpack or purse so you can be ready for a period emergency!
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3. Your period does not have to be unpleasant. Sure, it probably isn’t going to be a walk in the park but you don’t have to fear that time of the month, either. Get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy diet. Deal with the pain of cramps and headaches with heating pads, Advil, or other natural PMS cures. Stay moderately active even during your period because exercise really helps relieve the pain and irritability often associated with that time of the month. The Playtex® Sport® Tampon & Liner Combo Packs and Playtex® Sport® Pads will go a long way towards keeping you active during your period. Check out my post about keeping teens active for suggestions!
4. Yes, you CAN get pregnant during your period. While explaining the facts of life and the female ovulation cycle, make sure she realizes that getting pregnant during a period is a real possibility. If you don’t mention that little tidbit, I guarantee a boy will try to convince her otherwise a few years down the road! A well educated young lady is one that cannot be tricked into doing something she may regret!
5. There is nothing you CAN’T do during your period. Many years ago, there were a lot of myths about what could and could not be done during your period. Nowadays, we know better and there really is no limitation to your lifestyle while you are menstruating. Want to go for a run or do gymnastics? Go right ahead! Is the family planning a camping trip during ‘that time of the month’? No problem! Just pack the right supplies and head out into the woods. Feel like going for a swim? Even THAT is totally possible when you have your period! Don’t let a little thing like your period get in the way of having fun. Just play on!
Encouraging your daughter to stay active during her period is a good way for her to deal with the stress and unpleasantness that is often associated with that time of the month. When my daughter first got her period, she insisted that there was no way she would use tampons. And then came the pool party for one of her good friends that happened at JUST the wrong week of the month! She figured out very quickly that sometimes in order to stay active, you really need the right feminine hygiene supplies! Playtex® Sport® Tampon & Liner Combo Packs and Playtex® Sport® Pads make staying active during your period incredibly easy! If your daughter isn’t comfortable with tampons yet, the Playtex® Sport® Ultra Thin Pads w/Wings are a good alternative. The FlexFit™ design moves with your body and it has an anti-leak absorbent core to provide real Sport®-level protection. It’s also incredibly thin, making it very comfortable to wear!
No matter what type of physical activity your daughter prefers, encourage her to play on during her period! Physical exercise is a great stress relief and who doesn’t need that when the hormones start going haywire, right? If your daughter is struggling to find a physical activity that she really enjoys, Playtex® can help with their Fit to Play quiz! Keep reading for info on finding the right sport AND getting a few free samples!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.