Have you ever heard a woman say or said yourself: "I gain 3 pounds with my period and I'm bloated."
(sorry if there are any men reading this.)
I heard it all the time in my teens and in college. Even as an adult I heard women say this. And I never understood it. How can you know that your body reacted that way to your period? I never felt bloated or gained weight.
This month I had 2 periods. (Lucky me, huh?) I believe I'm in perimenopause and have been for a while. Night sweats like crazy, hot flashes and other symptoms lead me in that direction. Unfortunately I can't judge if I'm there by my mother's and grandmother's starting ages. They both had forced menopause with chemo from breast cancer.
The first one went as usual. PMS, salty, sweet, chocolate and irritability. Normal for me.
The second one? I gained 3 pounds and felt my tummy area more fat feeling.
It's the strangest situation to realize that being overweight lead me to miss cues from my body. I never realized the weight gain because I was so big that 3 pounds never made a difference in my clothes. My tummy area was already so fat, that I missed the feeling when the weight came on.
I thought about trying to explain this to Pete, but he'd just shake his head and smile at me. Men don't really get it. But other women get it. And now I get it too.