A girl’s first period can be a scary event for both the girl and her mother, since it is a representation of a child developing into a young woman. Since it is unknown when a child will get her first period, it is up to the parent to make sure her daughter is prepared for the event and has any and all questions answered.
A period occurs during puberty, which can happen anywhere between 8 and 14, or even before or after. Every girl’s body is different, and puberty will be different for each young woman. Puberty refers to the changes that occur when a girl’s body gets ready to hold a child, and hormonal changes occur to signal the ovaries to start releasing eggs into the fallopian tubes on a monthly basis. The child should understand what having a period represents, and that it is nothing to be embarrassed about since almost all women experience it.
There are many symptoms that can let a young girl know she is about to get her period, so she can talk to her mother or parent about the changes that are about to occur. Breast development usually occurs a few months before a period is about to begin, as well as a white discharge coming from the vaginal area. It usually occurs about six months prior to a girl’s first period, so there is plenty of time for mother and daughter to discuss the significance of transforming into a woman.
One of the main topics that should be discussed is products that are available for young women while on their period, such as tampons and sanitary napkins. A sanitary napkin, more commonly known as a pad, is the best options for girl’s that are experiencing their first period. After about a year of getting used to a period, a girl and her mother can then discuss the options of switching over to tampons. Proper hygiene should also be discussed, since extra attention needs to be given while a girl is on her period.
Additional changes should also be discussed between mother and daughter, such as some of the changes that will occur due to hormonal changes. Physical changes such as widening hips or larger breasts may occur, and a girl may notice herself with more of a figure rather than a little girl body. Changing hormones can also trigger feelings that a girl is not used to, and she may become irritated or annoyed easily, or even become very emotional. A parent should discuss these feelings with their daughter, and let them know everything to expect with her first period.
It is important for parents to discuss a girl’s first period with their daughters, since it is a topic that children should feel comfortable about. Because it can be scary and embarrassing, the child should be made to feel open and honest about talking about it with someone they trust. By discussing all of the changes that can occur as well as what a period represents, a girl should be able to be excited and blessed to have her first period.