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    6 Natural Ways To Relieve Menstrual Cramp

    Menstruation is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Every month, a woman’s body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the womb, or uterus shed its lining, leading to a menstrual flow.

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    Therefore, menstruation is partly blood and partly tissue from the uterus or womb. It is a natural occurrence. Menstruation can be painful (cramps), and this pain can be relieved naturally.

    Below are ways to relieve menstrual pains naturally:

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    Heat improves blood flow, which can help relieve cramping. You can also soak in a hot bath, which can be relaxing for your body and your mind.

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    This works well to relieve pressure on your lower back, which can be intense when you’re having pains. You might put a pillow between your knees as well or lay flat on your back with a pillow under your knees.

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    As your period draws closer, you’re more likely to retain water (bloating), which in and of itself can be painful. Simply drinking more water can reduce the severity of your cramps and might even shorten your period. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day.

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    Make exercise a part of your routine and aim for 20-30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days of the week. This can be as simple as going for a walk. Choose an activity you enjoy so you’ll be motivated to get out there and move around.

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    This won’t help you much if you only do this when your cramps set in—this is a lifestyle change. Make adjustments gradually, replacing refined grains like white bread and pasta with whole grains and eliminating processed and fried foods.

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    Sugar is highly inflammatory and caffeine can restrict blood flow. If you’re experiencing cravings, reach for a decaf coffee if you must, or have a small piece of dark chocolate.

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