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Puberty Fact Sheet Girls Eastern Health 2016

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Puberty in Girls:
A simple guide
Created for you, so you feel confident and ready for the changes you will experience during puberty!
PHYSICAL CHANGES of PUBERTY
Breasts get bigger & hips become wider
Skin & Hair may become oily. This is why you may notice pimples
Menstruation (...also known as your period!)
Hair will grow on your legs, under arms and pubic area
LET'S TALK PERIODS!
When will I get my period?
Your body is unique and on it's own schedule Normally, girls will get their period between age 10-16 Most girls will get their period 2 years after breasts and pubic hair start to grow
What if I start in school?
Have a kit packed in your backpack before you begin your period. Include:         Pad         Panty liner         Change of underwear
Will my periods hurt?
Some girls feel cramps when they get their period. The good news is lot of things can help, like:         Exercise         Hot bath         Heating pad
I GOT MY PERIOD! NOW WHAT?
A pad, tampon, or diva cup are most common. Ask someone you trust about how to use them.
Use feminine hygiene products to manage your period
Can people tell I'm on my period?
How often should I change my pad?
Every 4-6 hours. More often if your period has a heavier flow. Remember to change it right before bed!
DAY
28
Can I tell when I'll get my period each month?
This is simple: NO! No one will know unless you tell them.
After a year, most girls periods will become regular and occur about every 28 days.
3 THINGS TO REMEMBER DURING PUBERTY:
Healthy Eating
Your body needs fuel! Eat lots of fruit, veggies, eggs, meat, whole grain bread and cereals.
Be Active
You can go for a bike ride, dance to your favourite song, whatever gets you moving & having fun!
Get lots of sleep
When you go through puberty, your body needs lots of rest. About 8-9 hours a night.