5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Period Cramps
Water, Water, Water
Staying hydrated won't curb your cramping directly, but it can help with bloating, which makes cramps feel worse. When your period is coming, keep a water bottle handy, and toss in some mint or a squeeze of lemon to encourage you to drink. Tone down the salt (never more than 2,300 milligrams per day) and avoid alcohol -- both of which can pull water out of your system.
Lay Off the Latte
Caffeine can make cramps worse, so steer clear of coffee before and during your period. Make sure you're not sneaking it in with soda, energy drinks, chocolate, or tea. If you need a morning or midday pick-me-up, try a small smoothie packed with veggies instead.
Hit It With Heat
These days, you don't need to plug in to get the benefit of warm, relaxing relief. Whether you're on a date or at your desk, you have options. Check out microwavable heat pads, rechargeable cordless heat wraps, or disposable heat wraps designed just for menstrual cramps. Many drugstores carry a few choices if you're on the go.
While there isn't much evidence that working out targets period pain, many women swear by a sweat session to loosen up. Exercise releases brain chemicals called endorphins that make you feel good. So take a walk, jump on the treadmill, or go for a swim!
Sleep might not come easily when you have strong cramps. To make the most of your night's rest, ditch your smartphone in bed. Wind down with a calming bedtime routine in the days leading up to your period. You may also have to try different sleep positions, especially if you're usually on your stomach. Catch a short power nap, if you can, during the day.