Some common signs of getting a period are abdominal cramping, headaches or muscle aches, fatigue, bloating, moodiness, breast tenderness, acne and depression. According to WebMD, these signs of PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, affect nearly all women of child-bearing age in one way or another.
PMS is a result of hormonal changes that occur during a woman's menstrual cycle. The time during which these symptoms occur is usually between five and 10 days before the period starts and progressively dissipate until the period starts. In some women, these signs are severe enough to interfere with daily activities and require a doctor's attention. Simple lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods or taking over-the-counter pain relievers and supplements, can reduce the severity of these symptoms, notes WebMD.
With a doctor's help, a patient can track her symptoms from month-to-month, which can be helpful with finding a pattern in symptoms and creating a plan to combat the ones that interfere with daily activity. Exercising regularly is shown to greatly decrease pain and other symptoms because of the endorphins, or natural painkillers, that are released during strenuous activity, reports WebMD. Relaxation techniques such as biofeedback, yoga or meditation are shown to be beneficial as well.