Nope, she's not pregnant, that's just bloating. Thanks, PMS! This is Malin Oloffson, a 27-year-old Swedish anorexia survivor and body positivity advocate, according to Cosmopolitan. She's also a sufferer of PMS, as are so many women around the world.
In her caption, Malin Oloffson explains her extreme PMS, which causes bloating, among other things. She also wants people to know that her body's reaction is normal, writing "this is nothing to be ashamed of." Her full caption reads"
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 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.
It's hard to remember that bodies just gonna body, and that's fine. We should celebrate them for working, instead of condemning them for not always looking how we want them to.
That doesn't change the fact that PMS is a bunch of bullshit, though. Grab yourself a salt lick and settle it on the couch for the long haul.