By Monica Williams

Navigating the Emotions of Your First Period: How to Cope with the Changes

For many girls, getting their first period can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. Along with the physical changes that come with menstruation, girls may also experience a range of emotions such as nervousness, uncertainty, and even fear. As a mom, it's important to understand these emotions and be there to support your daughter as she navigates this new stage in her life. Here are some tips for coping with the emotional changes of a first period:


1. Talk openly and honestly with your daughter

Encourage your daughter to talk openly with you about her feelings and any concerns she may have. Listen actively, offer reassurance and validation of her feelings. It can be helpful to share your own experiences with menstruation to help her understand that these emotions are normal and to help build a sense of trust and understanding.

2. Address any fears or misconceptions

Some girls may have fears or misconceptions about menstruation. It's important to address these fears head-on and provide accurate information to help ease her mind. For example, explain that periods are a normal and natural part of growing up and that there is nothing to be ashamed of.


3. Create a plan

Having a plan in place can help ease any anxiety your daughter may have about her first period. This could include having supplies on hand, discussing what to do if her period starts unexpectedly, and having a backup plan in place for times when she's away from home.

4. Practice self-care

Encourage your daughter to take care of herself during her period by getting enough rest, staying hydrated, and exercising. This can help her manage symptoms such as cramps and mood swings and promote a sense of control over her body.


5. Remind her that this is normal

Remind her that every girl goes through this and that is nothing to be ashamed of. Help her understand that it's a normal part of growing up and that she's not alone in this experience.

Remember that everyone's experience with menstruation is different, and what works for one girl may not work for another. The most important thing is to be there to support your daughter and offer a listening ear as she navigates this new stage in her life. By fostering open communication and providing accurate information, you can help your daughter cope with the emotional changes of her first period.