This blogger got so real about what PMS bloating looks likeMore
For so many of us, that time of the month (AKA our pesky periods) brings so much pain and bloating, which can basically be summed up as UGH MAKE IT STOP. On social media, one woman is getting real AF about her PMS bloating in an utterly refreshing way.
In order to show what PMS does to her body, anorexia survivor Malin Olofsson
when it was bloated — noting that some people might assume she’s pregnant. But this is simply her body, and as she explains, there’s nothing wrong with it. PMS affects some women more intensely than others, and we appreciate her willingness to open about this.
〰 Some of you have seen this before. Some of you haven't. Some of you experience and go through this yourself once a month. Some of you will be disgusted. Some of you will sigh with relief and think -Omg I'm not alone. Some of you will not read this caption and presume that I'm pregnant. 〰 This is the visual signs of PMS for me and many other women. For some it's less extreme, for some it's more. Water retention is a very normal and common symptom of PMS. Some women will hardly notice it and some go through immense discomfort for a couple of days a month. It can start anytime between ovulation and your period. 〰 THIS 👏🏽 IS 👏🏽 NORMAL. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Yes - it is very uncomfortable, and yes - it is really difficult to not feel like you must hide it and try to suck your stomach in. I've stopped. I've decided that breathing is more important than what other people may or might think. I've decided that my body's reaction to the hormonal change is not going to be an aspect that I let contribute to my already unstable mental state. Because when I have PMS, I already feel like dying. And I've decided to love my body no matter how I feel about life. 〰 Do not blame your body for how you're feeling. It is never your body's fault. It is never anything wrong with how your body looks. Yes - your body might experience discomfort due to hormonal changes - so instead of making it worse through shaming your body, try doing the opposite. Realize that this is when you need extra self-care and self-love. Realize that you don't have to be ashamed and hide. You are perfect and your body is just doing it's job.
In the caption, Olofsson was transparent about what she goes through.
“This is the visual signs of PMS for me and many other women. For some it’s less extreme, for some it’s more.
Water retention is a very normal and common symptom of PMS. Some women will hardly notice it and some go through immense discomfort for a couple of days a month. It can start anytime between ovulation and your period. THIS IS NORMAL.”
In the post, Olofsson also recognized that while experiencing PMS can be very uncomfortable and make you feel like you have to suck your stomach in (which only makes everything more uncomfortable), she’s determined not to do that, and most importantly, not to blame her body for how it looks.
“Yes – your body might experience discomfort due to hormonal changes – so instead of making it worse through shaming your body, try doing the opposite. Realize that this is when you need extra self-care and self-love. Realize that you don’t have to be ashamed and hide.”
Since recovering from anorexia, Olofsson’s Insta account is full of inspiring messages and pics. It’s never easy to be so open about a personal struggle, but we love how she’s using her past to help others in such an encouraging and genuine way.
Because we’re all in this together.
Here’s to you, girl! Keep kicking it.