Malin Olofsson is on a mission to remind women that PMS is nothing to be ashamed of / Getty Images/iStockphoto

 “THIS IS NORMAL"

Malin Olofsson, a 27-year-old fitness blogger, survivor of anorexia and body positive campaigner is on a mission to remind women that PMS is nothing to be ashamed of.

During their time of the month, women can be struck with all manner of side effects from breakouts and mood swings to cramps and cravings.

But, despite a huge number of women experiencing the same troubles, many feel the need to remain silent in fear of judgement.

Now Olofsson, who frequently speaks about body positivity issues, wants to change that. 

Sharing a photo on Instagram, Oloffson poses sideways wearing a sports bra and leggings, and her stomach is noticeably swollen; a side effect that she experiences due to pre-menstrual bloating.

The caption reads: “THIS IS NORMAL. This is nothing to be ashamed of.

“Yes - it is very uncomfortable, and yes - it is really difficult to not feel like you must hide it and try to suck your stomach in. 

“I've stopped. I've decided that breathing is more important than what other people may or might think.”

While few people would be so willing to upload a photo of their bloated bellies online, Olofsson insists that we should embrace menstruation and its side effects; however unpleasant they may be. 

 

-------------------------------------------- Some of you have seen this before. Some of you haven't. Some of you experience and go through this yourself once a month. Some of you will be disgusted. Some of you will sigh with relief and think -Omg I'm not alone. Some of you will not read this caption and presume that I'm pregnant. -------------------------------------------- This is the visual signs of PMS for me and many other women. For some it's less extreme, for some it's more. Water retention is a very normal and common symptom of PMS. Some women will hardly notice it and some go through immense discomfort for a couple of days a month. It can start anytime between ovulation and your period. -------------------------------------------- THIS 👏🏽 IS 👏🏽 NORMAL. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Yes - it is very uncomfortable, and yes - it is really difficult to not feel like you must hide it and try to suck your stomach in. I've stopped. I've decided that breathing is more important than what other people may or might think. I've decided that my body's reaction to the hormonal change is not going to be an aspect that I let contribute to my already unstable mental state. Because when I have PMS, I already feel like dying. And I've decided to love my body no matter how I feel about life. -------------------------------------------- Do not blame your body for how you're feeling. It is never your body's fault. It is never anything wrong with how your body looks. Yes - your body might experience discomfort due to hormonal changes - so instead of making it worse through shaming your body, try doing the opposite. Realize that this is when you need extra self-care and self-love. Realize that you don't have to be ashamed and hide. You are perfect and your body is just doing it's job.

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“Do not blame your body for how you're feeling. It is never your body's fault. It is never anything wrong with how your body looks. Realise that you don't have to be ashamed and hide. You are perfect and your body is just doing its job.”

In response to her post, hundreds of women commented thanking her for sharing the relatable image and voicing their relief at seeing someone else with similar PMS symptoms.

“Wow thank you so much for this I seriously thought I was the only one,“ one person wrote.

Another added, “This nearly made me cry, every single month, every time I walk past a mirror I stop just for a second and look. 

“Just stand up straight it's fine. Breathe in. Nice to know it's not just me.”

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