If your tween has already begun to menstruate, or is approaching menstruation, she should be aware of menstrual symptoms that she might experience, as well as how to track her periods
so she knows when to expect them.
Menstrual symptoms will vary from female to female, and some girls may experience few or none of the typical symptoms that other girls complain about. Others may experience a number of symptoms, emotional or physical, regularly. Keep in mind that not all menstrual symptoms are negative ones. Many women and girls experience a number of positive menstrual symptoms when they are approaching their monthly cycles.
It's important to discuss any menstrual symptoms you may be concerned about with your child's pediatrician. A number of symptoms, such as intense cramps, could be a sign of disease or a gynecological problem.
Emotional Changes Girls Might Experience
Feeling tired or wiped-out
Feeling moody or sad
Feeling like you're going to cry
Feeling impatient or even anxious
Feeling glad that you're a girl
Feeling a bit grossed out by the whole period thing
Feeling angry that your period is starting at an inconvenient time
Feeling embarrassed that someone might know you're on your period
Wanting to be left alone
Physical Changes Girls Might Experience
Backache, especially in the lower back
Aches down the legs or an aching in the hips
Skin breakouts (pimples, acne)
Diarrhea or constipation
Swollen feet or hands
Being hungry or thirsty (more than normal)
Craving certain foods, such as salty or sweet foods
A bloated feeling