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A visit from Auntie Flo

Warning: This post is about menstruation and not terribly …. discrete.

It shouldn’t surprise me, but my first post-weaning period has hit me like a two-by-four.

I was prepared for the depression, which I’ve avoided I think, and for other wacky hormone changes. But I hadn’t thought about getting my period and what would happen.

Mostly I’m bleeding like a stuck pig. And tired. Not just “i haven’t slept” tired, but that deep weariness that, for me at least, only comes with my period, where your bones have turned to heavy stone and every movement feels like you’ve been alive since the Stone Age. Those are fairly standard period complaints for me — they are worse than usual this month, but still within normal parameters.

But then I had back cramps for the first time since I was 14 years old, too. And that SUCKS. It’s like early labor back there, from the middle of my spine to the backs of my knees, dull awful painful clenching.

I’m hoping this will be my last change in my period. It’s been a roller coaster for the past year or so — some months light but painful, some months heavy but easy, and, of course, some months like a flipping abattoir and gut-wrenchingly awful. I don’t really care what it settles into — though light, fast, and pain free would be nice — but I want it to settle into something predictable.

If nothing else, it will save me having to wash my sheets all the flipping time.

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