Staying Comfortable All Month Long

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This is a product that I’m seriously excited to share on my blog! I became a mom just over 8 years ago, when Lydia was born. She was the absolute love of my life from the very moment I saw her, and my love for her is what encouraged me to make as many natural choices for myself and my family that I could. I didn’t go into parenting knowing what kind of mom I would be, but I very quickly figured out that attachment parenting was a style that I loved. So basically, I became this crunchy-hippie mom {hello, Huppie Mama} who did all kinds of research into the healthiest options for our family. The result? Organic food, cloth diapers, baby-wearing, and breastfeeding. And when my menstrual cycle returned when Lydia was 9 months old? I opted for a menstrual cup – specifically The DivaCup – as a better alternative to tampons.

Click the image below to purchase your DivaCup at Walgreens.

I’m one of those women who gets a 9-day long period, followed by like 20 days off, and the cycle begins again. I tend to get some lower back pains and general discomfort, so when it’s that time of the month, I do all I can to stay comfortable. Here are my tips for staying comfortable all month long!

WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING

We recently went on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia for the kids’ birthday, and before returning home, we visited a few vintage stores. I found the most comfortable peasant skirt for just $8. It’s lightweight and makes me feel cute even when I have my period. I thought, why not have two cute peasant skirts for when I need something comfortable? So, I figured out how to make the sew the skirt below {tutorial on the blog later this week}. I selected the most comfortable men’s flannel shirt materials and stretch elastic to have a great piece of clothing any time of the month. Comfortable clothing is an absolute must when you’re dealing with lower back or abdominal cramping.

STAY COMFORTABLY ACTIVE

I don’t like to give up my active lifestyle an entire week out of the month, but I also know not to push myself too much when I’m not feeling 100%. Relaxing walks, stretch classes at the gym, and yoga are great ways to keep moving comfortably during that time of the month.

ENJOY ALONE TIME

Whether it’s emotions getting the best of me while PMSing or fatigue because my body is just exhausted when I have my period, I truly value some alone time. Find a peaceful place – whether it’s a park near your house, the comfort of your bedroom, or your local mall – and just enjoy personal time, even if it’s just for a few minutes to collect yourself. You’ve earned it!

TAKE COMFORT IN YOUR FAVORITE SNACKS

It may be such a generic response to having your period, but seriously… enjoy a few bites of your favorite snacks and desserts. It’s perfectly okay! A piece of chocolate, a few bites of ice cream. If your body is truly craving it, indulge a little during that time of the month if it makes you feel good.

USE A MENSTRUAL CUP

Final step in feeling comfortable during your period? A menstrual cup! You don’t have to worry about carrying around tampons or wearing pads that bunch and leak. It us made from 100 percent healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability. It’s also , free of chemicals, plastic, BPA, latex, and dyes. It’s very user-friendly, and sits low at the base of the vaginal canal for easy insertion and remove. Just empty, wash and reinsert The DivaCup a minimum of two times each day of your cycle (every 10-12 hours). And if you are like me and struggle with very lengthy periods, it is definitely a money saver!

Please read the User Guide before trying the cup and to consult with their healthcare provider if they have any questions with regards to their vaginal or gynecological health.

Head to Walgreens and look down the feminine product aisle where you can purchase a DivaCup in one of two sizes, Model 1 and Model 2:

  • DivaCup Model 1: Recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.
  • DivaCup Model 2: Recommended for women age 30 and over/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.

What do you do to stay comfortable all month long?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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One Response to Staying Comfortable All Month Long

  1. Sarah says:

    I LOVE that skirt and I love my DivaCup, too!! It has been a total game changer! #client

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