Knowing your body

A great guide for growing girls like us

Knowing your body

Puberty. It’s exciting for some of us. But for others, it can be pretty confusing. With each day comes a new question. From ‘why am I so sad?’ to ‘what’s happening down there?’ If you’ve ever felt this way, there’s no need to worry. You’re perfectly normal.

Here are some things to expect as your body changes:

Mood Swings
During puberty, your ovaries begin to produce a hormone called estrogen. This makes your mood go up and down. One minute you’re happy, the next you’re sad or angry. Your emotions are all over the place. Getting plenty of rest, sleep and exercise can help you feel better. Eating fruits, vegetable and nuts will keep you healthier. Drinking enough water helps too.

Increase in Height and Weight
After your period starts, you’ll grow about two or three inches over the next few years. This is known as a growth spurt. Your hips will grow wider. Your arms, thighs and upper back will grow thicker. Don’t panic. It’s natural for us to have a certain amount of body fat. Maintain a balanced diet and you’ll be fine.

Sweaty pubic hair, armpits and feet. Another thing that happens as your hormones increase. So when you bath, wash those sensitive areas carefully. Use an antiperspirant or homemade deodorant to prevent body odour.

Physical Attraction
You know that annoying boy next door? He’s not so annoying anymore, right? Maybe you have a crush on him. Maybe you’ve started thinking about sex. To top it off, there’s this weird feeling down there. There’s no need to feel guilty or ashamed. It’s a normal part of growing up.

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