Especially on your wedding day, you likely want to avoid having that undesirable monthly friend: your period. Commonly accompanied by fatigue, headaches, moodiness, irritability, and cramps, it goes without saying that this natural occurrence can certainly cramp your bridal style. Luckily, there are a range of ways to avoid having your period on your wedding day. Additionally, if you do get it for the big day, there are some ways to make it more bearable.
Keep Track of Your Cycle Well Before the Wedding Date
First and foremost, everyone’s body is different. As you plan your wedding, keep track of your menstrual cycle so that you have a clear idea of whether you’re expected to have your period on your wedding day. The best way to do this is to use an app that contains a period tracker and calendar. Start the process of tracking your cycle as soon as possible leading up to the big day.
Plan Around Your Period, if Possible
If you start tracking your period before you book your wedding venue, you can try to choose a date that does not coincide with when you’re supposed to have your monthly friend. While this isn’t always possible, it’s definitely something to consider as you venue shop and consider different dates!
Talk with Your Doctor
To ensure that you can safely delay your period to facilitate not having it on your wedding day, consult your gynecologist for their advice and guidance. Whether you discuss this at your yearly consultation or have a separate appointment to address it, this is a vital step in this process.
Your doctor may be able to suggest some virtually fool-proof ways to ensure that you don’t end up having your period for your wedding. For instance, they could prescribe certain contraception methods that minimize or completely eradicate your monthly cycle. For best results, discuss this with your doctor well before your big day. Plan to give yourself at least three months prior to begin this process, but the more time, the better. If you end up switching birth control or getting on a new prescription to facilitate this, you want to ensure your body has enough time before your wedding to adjust to it.
How to Deal With Your Period on Your Wedding Day
There are several ways to make dealing with having your period on your wedding day more bearable.
Have all the Right Supplies
Make sure that you have all the right supplies on hand. From tampons to pads and panty liners, you don’t want to be caught without them in this case. You may also want to consider wearing underwear specifically designed to wear during your period in order to mitigate the risk of leaks. Also have a pain reliever on hand to relieve cramps and headaches.
Your period can definitely cause the discomfort of bloating, which is not what any bride wants on their wedding day. To minimize the chances of this, avoid salty foods that lead to the retention of water. Start avoiding them at least a week before your wedding day. You’ll also want to reduce your caffeine intake, as too much of it can irritate the stomach, making period symptoms worse. Also avoid artificial sweeteners, alcohol, carbonated drinks, and refined sugars leading up to your wedding day to reduce bloating.
Drink Plenty of Water
To help yourself feel your best (even not your period), drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your wedding and on the day-of. This will reduce bloating and help you feel more energized. If you can, hit the gym in the days leading up to your wedding to help you feel your best, too.
Ask for Help
Let your bridal party or maid of honor know that you have your period so that they can be there for you and help you. They can carry the essentials throughout the day, hand you pads and tampons in the bathroom stall, and be a good person to commiserate with over the unfortunate timing.
While this is one of the not-so-fun parts of womanhood, it’s sometimes unavoidable—but definitely nothing worth your wedding day being ruined over.