Marla Ahlgrimm, founder of Women’s Health America and co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, says that PMS affects the entire family, not just the woman suffering its symptoms. If you are a woman who has trouble with PMS, it is normal to fear that your daughters will also suffer with the issue, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Ahlgrimm insists that taking a step back and looking for new ways to manage PMS can be beneficial to both mother and daughter. Here, Ahlgrimm shares a few tips on how to address PMS.
- You are her role model, points out Marla Ahlgrimm. Let her know why you do the things that you do. Eat a balanced diet and exercise. Let her know that these things help you manage your symptoms.
- Keep and open and honest line of communication. Marla Ahlgrimm says that when PMS seems to run in a family, speak openly about the disorder early on.
- Take advantage of the opportunity to dispel myths. Education and information are the keys to successfully equipping your daughter to deal with the disorder, says Ahlgrimm.
- Society today is more aware that PMS is a legitimate disorder. Use positive encouragement by reminding her that she will have many more options than you, or generations before you.
- Ahlgrimm also says not to force her or expect that she will imitate you immediately. It takes time for the seeds of a healthy lifestyle and proper PMS management to sink in to young minds. Be her guide, but let her find her own ways to deal with the disorder.