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

Asked by Jude (32058points) 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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