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For just over five years, I have been either pregnant, coming out of a pregnancy or breastfeeding. Previous to that I had been on the pill for a number of years. Although I am still breastfeeding, things over the past several months have been returning to "normal" on the menstrual cycle front.
Or is it?? Is this normal?? I don't even know what normal should be! I'd totally forgotten about the effect of PMS, or PMT or whatever you want to call it. But if this is normal, I am not liking it! In fact, I hate EVERYTHING for about a week to 10 days, and then like a switch, calm is restored (well, until the next sleepless night).
I think about times over the past months, like this, or this or this, and wonder if it could come down more to my cycle.
For me, the effects are not so much physical, a little bit of bloating, but not a huge amount. The effects come more on the emotional side. Extreme irritability, at times even the slightest noise gets my back up, lack of motivation, anger outbursts, mood swings, fatigue, anxiety, lack of confidence, the list goes on. And then on top of this the guilt for the way I have treated the innocent bystanders, namely my husband and children.
I'm a cancerian, so I can be overemotional and moody at the best of times. But I have been a total bitch lately, and it's the most horrible and degrading way of being a wife and mother.
PMS is real, and it sux!
So please ladies, I need your help! Do you suffer from PMS? How do you cope with it??
NB: Please accept this as a public apology to Johnny for the person I have been in the last few days, and then the four weeks before that, and the four weeks before that....