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How will I know if I'm getting my period? What are the signs?

Oh, you’ll know... :) Honestly, just listen to your body. Puberty can typically take anywhere from 2 to 5 years to unfold. In that time you’ll get taller, develop breasts (yay!), grow some pubic hair ‘down there’ as well as in your armpits, and you’ll start to have body odour, too. You may also get zits. Oh, another thing is that you’ll start seeing a bit of a cream-coloured (white or yellowy) discharge in your underwear from time to time. These are all perfectly normal signs that your first period is on its way – it could be days or months, depending. You can’t set your watch to it, you just have to pay attention to your body and see what happens. Before the bleeding begins, it’s common to experience breast tenderness, bloating, headaches, swollen feet or hands and cramping. And this can continue throughout your period. But remember, not all of these symptoms happen to every woman. We’re all different, right?

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