What will my period feel like?

Appetite changes: Some people lose their appetite when they’re PMS’ing, some people are suddenly hungry all the time, and other people get cravings for specific things. (Chuckles, please!) Make sure you’re eating healthfully and eating enough: It’s important to keep your energy up while your body's working hard.

Acne: PMS can cause acne, or pimples, too. Pimples, just like bodies, come in all shapes and sizes—whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, cysts. (Oh my!) For a lot of people, the acne directly related to hormones will appear on the bottom third of your face, so around your cheeks, mouth, and chin. Having a skincare regimen or using acne treatments can help, but talk to your dermatologist or doctor to figure out what will work best for you.

Headaches: Sometimes, all the other things going on in your body can cause headaches when you’re PMS’ing. You can treat it however you would normally—a compress, a nap, ibuprofen. But if it is worse than normal, or is accompanied by side effect you’re not used to, talk to a doctor. You might suffer from migraines, a more severe kind of headache, which can often happen to people who deal with PMS.

With all of these PMS’ing possibilities, you may notice that you feel ~different~ before your period starts. Or not! The best thing to do is to listen to your body and create a self-care routine that makes you feel good, physically and emotionally, no matter what’s going on.