Like your daughter’s first steps and first words, her first period is a major milestone that both of you are unlikely to forget throughout your lives. The first step towards transforming into a beautiful young woman from a little girl, it is normally greeted with little joy and majorly apprehension, fear and in some cases, surprise.
Your daughter’s first menstrual experience brings along certain practical and emotional elements with which you can help her cope in the right manner. Mentioned below are some tips to help your daughter breeze through this life changing experience:-
Your daughter can experience her first period anywhere from the ages 8 to 16. Breast development is the first indication that you receive about your daughter entering puberty with increased likeliness of experiencing her first menstrual cycle. Understanding the tell-tale signs, it’s time for you to discuss and explain menstruation to your daughter. Buying your daughter books like “It’s Perfectly Normal”, ”Growing Up: It’s a Girl Thing” etc is a great way to break the ice.
Speaking about it first tactfully and then getting into specifics is the next step of preparing your daughter for her first periods. Talk about your own experiences and at the first opportunity explain menstruation in detail to your beloved daughter.
Encourage questions from her along with girl’s talk so that she gets armored with maximum knowledge and most of her fears and insecurities are alleviated. Emphasize on its positive aspects whilst preparing her for the symptoms and discomforts that she might experience like cramps, moodiness or other side-effects. Motivate her to investigate the topic online. While doing it, ensure that she is only getting age appropriate information and is not getting overwhelmed by it. It’s also important that information is imparted in portions that your daughter is able to assimilate well.
Shop Together For Products In Advance
By default, shopping is any female’s most enjoyable activity. Take advantage of this psyche to go shopping together for products like undergarments, sanitary pads, tampons etc. This would go a long way in helping your daughter overcome the awkwardness and initial embarrassment and get comfortable with the whole idea and concept. Present the topic is such a positive light that she starts feeling excited and looks forward to experiencing and celebrating this metamorphosis.
The First Period Flow
No matter how much you prepare, the first blood flow will bring its own unique set of discomforts and mood swings. While your daughter is undergoing her first periods ensure that she is comfortable as possible. Encourage her to talk about her feelings and any physical discomfort she might be experiencing. If the first period is particularly distressing and painful, do not hesitate to seek medical guidance. Educate your daughter about the right hygiene habits which need to be followed for both mental and physical health. Any new queries which might arise out of this first experience should be addressed in the best possible manner.
A mother has the most crucial role of being a friend philosopher and guide to help her daughter go through the roller-coaster experience of her first menstrual cycle and the body changes that accompanies it. Done right, you will both come out of it with flying colors.