Now, if you don’t know what I mean by red week you’ll know by end of this post.
For me, I know it’s here when I wake up in the morning feeling a bit more moisture than usual and a slight discomfort in my abdomen. Each month I hope that discomfort is just as a result of holding my pee throughout the night while I sleep and each month it’s that... and something else.
Shark week, red week, dead week, Niagara falls, the ultimate feat of the Hormone Monstress (if you don’t get that reference you need to watch Big Mouth)!
We all have different experiences, pain tolerances, and ways of prep and surviving this monthly event but I’ve yet to meet anyone who has as bad a time as me each month so if there’s anyone out there who does, this is how I prep and deal with Red Week!
THIS IS NOT A DRILL
The easiest way for me to know it’s getting closer is when my boobs swell and become so tender that the weight of a shirt is uncomfortable and painful.
I also use an app called P Tracker that alerts me a week out (you can set your alerts). I also log all of my headaches, cramps, acne, and other symptoms in this app so that I can check back and let myself know what’s to come!
A good friend of mine told me about this cute little supplement called Primrose Oil. I had never heard of it but it is notorious for inducing labor and speeding up that peeling of the uterine wall process which is why it is so good with reducing (or at least speeding up) period cramps. I’ve only been taken them for about two months and I can’t say my cramps have reduced a ton but they have reduced some so I would definitely suggest adding these to anyone who experiences regular awful cramps!
My eating habits also change drastically when I’m approaching shark week. I eat a lot more fruits and greens and avoid dairy! Doing this helps get more iron since you lose a lot of blood within this week!
The first day of my period is always the worst which is understandable because the wall of my literal uterus is tearing a part and falling out of me, how could it not be painful. In addition to the abdomen pain, my legs, back, and arms all get sore and tender to the touch and I can barely hold myself up.
That morning I make it a task to do yoga. This helps me to stretch out all my limbs and afterwards some if not most of the soreness either subsides or translate to workout soreness which is a lot more manageable.
I use Young Living's roll on pain relief which opens up pours and works as an icy hot to help heal pain!
A lot of the time I feel nauseous so I end up skipping breakfast and just going back to sleep on top of a heating pad turned to the highest temperature!
I also keep myself extremely hydrated!
If you’re not someone who likes to lay in bed all day, I suggest getting a hoolahoop and doing that for about 5 minutes! The motion really helps and the hoop rolling around your abdomen is like a massage!
For lunch on the first I usually go for a salad or something else very light like a fruit bowl! There’s probably a more scientific reason why this is really good for a body undergoing this but I do it cause it makes me feel clean on the inside.
I typically go back to sleep after this and back on the heating pad.
This is typically about a 6-10 hour process of healing so I avoid doing anything that day. Classes CANCELLED. Work CANCELLED. Meetings CANCELLED.
Red week is a good time to get more in tuned to your body and practice self-care and self-love! As women, we go through so much more physically so it’s okay to decide that you’re going to take care of yourself for a day or week!
Happy Red Week to me!
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