Are you a teenage girl who’s feeling grumpy, tense, tired or depressed? Maybe you cry a lot and crave certain foods, too. Or maybe you have felt changes in your body, such as acne, a bloated stomach, breast aches or a slight weight gain. If you feel this way and it’s also a few days before your period, you might be experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Don’t worry. PMS is a normal part of having a period, and you will feel better soon.

If you have PMS, try eating more healthful foods and less sugar and salt. Drink fewer caffeinated beverages (caffeine can make
breast tenderness worse). Eat small meals more often instead of three larger meals. Sleep at least eight hours per night and exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, four to six times per week.

If you feel that you are experiencing PMS and it is affecting your quality of life, talk with your parents and your doctor.

— Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health

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