What does the colour of your flow tell you?
Did you know that the colour of your blood can vary from person to person and even between cycles?
I used to have deep dark almost purple-red blood with clots and clumps. It was heavy, I had lots of painful cramps, and I would have a migraine for a few days.
Since the return of my bleed about 6 months ago, my blood is entirely different. It’s bright, vibrant, cranberry red. There have been no clots or chunks and best of all it’s been absolutely pain-free. I have had a bit of a headache on day 2 of both recent bleeds – but it’s fair to say that on both of these days I have been holding circles! How is that for timing, 🤷♀️ my cycles are still really irregular postpartum, my last was 6 weeks long so I wasn’t able to predict when my bleed was due, to make sure I could rest for the first few days.
Because sometimes life can’t just stop because you’re bleeding.
But was DOES make a difference and what has made a difference to me includes:
✨ Factoring in slow resting times around the existing commitment
✨ Allowing myself to be “unproductive” just before and during my bleed – so, welcoming and embracing the spacey feels, the lack of focus, and using it instead for dreaming and visioning purposes
✨ Delegating as much housework as possible and telling my husband and family that I need their nurturing right now (amazing how tender kids under 5 can be when you share this with them)
✨ Working with a naturopath to supplement – in my case Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, and a stunning plant medicine bespoke brew crafted by my naturopath @conscious.womanhood
✨ Using embodiment practices including movement, breathing, sounding, and womb self-massage, hip circles, gentle yoga, dancing, and lots of lying on the bare earth. This helps me connect to the power, needs, and expression of my body, so I can ask what my body needs instead of tuning her out and soldiering on.
There’s a whole chart on what colour your blood is and what that means by @crystalkennings
And Cassandra Wilder @menstruationqueen shared this image on her Instagram to demonstrate which coloured blood may be indicative on hormonal imbalances or infection.
So if you’re having painful cramps or a heavy flow, consider for starters permitting yourself to slow right down and consciously bleed. And if symptoms continue, consult a naturopath or GP for tailored support.
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