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NSFW - Is it common to gain roughly 5 lbs (water) when on your period?

Asked by Jude (31977 points ) April 23rd, 2010

It’s day one, and pants that normally hang nicely off of my hips are rather snug.

I’ve been working out a lot and eating well, and this is a little disheartening. It had better be water retention!

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Sophief's avatar

I know how you feel. I always put weight on when I am on my period, but like you say, it is just water and it will go when you have finished. Just ignore the scales for a few days.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

What is the upside to being a woman?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

GA. I was thinking I just shot myself in the foot.

andreaxjean's avatar

It is normal to fluctuate between 5 pounds while you have your period. A couple of ways to try and avoid it is to drink plenty of water and drop the caffeine and alcohol and to eat less salty foods (which is a hard one for me, haha).

casheroo's avatar

I believe it is, especially if you house chocolate and salt products like I do!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Pretty common for me, for sure.

deni's avatar

my pants that are normally perfect fitting and a little loose are always really snug during my period. I HATE IT. i feel like such a fat lumpy slug.

jazmina88's avatar

absolutely

thriftymaid's avatar

Yes. It can actually be more than five pounds.

lonelydragon's avatar

Yes, it’s normal. The same thing happens to me. Drink a lot of water and take a diuretic to help the water weight decrease a little faster.

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