Ladies’ Holiday: Hold On To Your Hat! {Episode 17}

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Ladies’ Holiday: Hold On To Your Hat!


Ladies' Holiday: Hold On To Your Hat!

Cait and Kara have been joking about this episode for months and finally made it happen. Warning: This episode might not be appropriate for tiny children, sensitive spouses, grandparents, pastors… Also, there is some giggling.

Because the sisters are getting REAL about being a woman, and how that can affect homeschooling. From cramps to PMS to whether or not being bloated and angry should earn you a sick day from co-op, the gals hope you’ll be able to relate to this episode.

And that you don’t run away screaming.

Because there are 16 other episodes where they don’t mention this stuff.



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29 thoughts on “Ladies’ Holiday: Hold On To Your Hat! {Episode 17}

  1. laurensisson says:

    The fact you made this podcast makes me so happy. I honestly feel like some women pretend it’s not a big deal, some months it’s hard for me to be upright I hurt so much, if not pain I’m a nut job. Can’t wait!

  2. J Ro says:

    Great chat, but I swear it gave me sympathy cramps. Kara, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but after getting awakened three times a night in what would appear to outsiders to be a murder scene, I cut out soy and it reeeeeally helped. Now I wake up in a bloodbath only about once during my holiday. In my family we’re extremely sensitive to estrogen. Being on the pill was awful. My chiropractor suggested I try rubbing Mexican wild yam (I think that’s it.) on my skin. Haven’t tried it, but I plan to. Also, for me Aleve/Naproxen works waaaaayy better than anything else. Excited to hear from someone who has tried the cup.

  3. Christina says:

    Good for you to discuss this. I’m the weirdo who talks to other moms about the Diva cup because someone was brave enough to tell me about it and it has changed the impact of those days of the month. I’ve used it for a year now and it works for me on vacation at an amusements park or during busy school days or anytime “Aunt Flo” visits. 🙂

  4. Ashley Thompson says:

    Love your podcast! Just a friendly note on cramps and pain and not wanting to use ibuprofen or other painkillers all the time (I can relate…), that my nutritionist recommended Meriva (curcumin, from turmeric). You can google Meriva or curcumin and research to find actual, legit studies to prove its efficacy. I was a bit skeptical, but tried it for tooth pain I was having (pre- and post-root canal) and for cramps, and it worked like magic. And it has worked just to reduce inflammation if I’m sick or otherwise. The only downside is that it is quite a bit more expensive than advil, etc., but it works and isn’t damaging! Just wanted to share. I use the Thorne brand, Meriva-500. Hope this helps! Thanks for doing what you do! <3

  5. Nicole Couch says:

    I love your podcasts!! This one especially hit home for me because I literally JUST went to the dr because after baby #3 I swear my PMS and cycles have been so much worse. I’m so glad to know I’m not alone! Thank you both for being so real and sharing!!

  6. Anne says:

    Thanks for your podcast! I am a first-year homeschool mom, who is having a great year, thanks to podcasts like yours, who provide so much support and encouragement.

    On the topic of sleep… Have you heard of the book, “Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition” by Maryilyn M. Shannon — I believe it talks about how what we put in our bodies can affect our sleep. You may want to look into it! It has been a while since I read it, but she talks about how nutrition affects SO many parts of our lives, even those we may not see natural connections to.

    Here is the link:

    Thanks, Ladies!

  7. Anne says:

    Oh, and I’ve also heard using the Creighton form of Natural Family Planning can help detect how our hormones affect things that are not working properly in our bodies. When you track your natural fertility, the instructor can help you interpret what is going on.

    Thanks again for what you are doing!

  8. plandemo says:

    This episode cracked me up! I DO think we need to talk about it more to normalize it. I just explained to my 10yo boy a couple weeks ago what a period was. I hadn’t intended to go there, but I was having my lady holiday and said how I felt tired and unwell and was just going to lay in bed for the afternoon. He remarked, “This seems to happen about once a month,” and I figured it was time to talk.
    I also am a diva cup convert, and I think the heavy flow thing has to do with age. I was pretty lucky up until my 33rd birthday (5 years since my last baby), and all of a sudden, things changed. Fatigue, bloating, and back cramps (in addition to the regular ones) are new and unwelcome visitors to my moon cycle. Plus…have you ever felt like your V was just going to drop out of your body? Like, I better put on my tightest panties just to hold everything in place kind of pain? Yeah. Thanks for your bravery in discussing what SHOULD be a normal subject but is weirdly taboo.

  9. heidinawrocki says:

    Love, love, love this gals! I have endometriosis so I get you on huddling in the fetal position with cramps on the holiday 😉 I have recently started some turmeric supplements and ginger root. I now don’t even really realize when it’s coming because that cramps are *that much* better. I love Aviva Romm’s post on endometriosis. It might help out! Oh, there is also research showing melatonin can reduce pelvic pain, so Cait – maybe that can help you sleep a little better, too?!

  10. Caitlin says:

    Melatonin doesn’t help me like it helps others. Believe me I have tried. I *will* try turmeric though because so many folks are mentioning that and it is something I have yet to try! Thank you!!

  11. Alison says:

    Y’all, this was excellent! I am a mom to 9dc & 6 of them are girls, yep.

    My oldest girl (17) has had issues with her cycles coming too close together; like maybe a 2 week break if she was lucky. B vitamins has helped with that now her cycle is still short but not crazy-you-can’t-have-a-life short.

    As for myself and my family, we have really heavy periods so I definitely want to try the diva cup (maybe it will be a weird right of passage for my girls, “OK honey, your 16 now. Instead of a car or a fancy party you get your first Diva cup!”)

    One thing that helps me now is tracking my cycle. I can anticipate when things are going to be tough and plan around it. I also love that when my girls are in that time of the month where they are crampy or cranky or both they are free to take care of themselves, though work still has to get done.

    Thanks for talking about this especially in relation to homeschooling!

  12. Michelle says:

    I just wanted to say I loved this episode! I listened to it while riding on the Moscow metro (possibly the place with the most solemn people in the world) and literally burst into fits of giggles about every 3-4 minutes and received many, many strange looks. Thanks for brightening my day!

  13. Alison F says:

    Thanks for doing this podcast – and of course the other ones too. An extra idea for period pain which is non-pill related: dissolve a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses in a cup of hot water. It can be quite sweet so I add some lemon juice too. You take one cup a day every day, and it can really help the whole works: PMS, discomfort during period etc. It has to be blackstrap rather than regular molasses, but it’s very effective, plus lots of other good stuff in it like iron, calcium etc. And if you don’t like it, you can always use it up baking or something.

  14. Lynné says:

    Oh, the dude that came up with the thing that you all didn’t want to talk about (!) I was trying to think of a way to explain this process to a man in a way that he could actually get it (because he clearly didn’t get it.) … here is what I came up with —Imagine that once a month for a week it felt like you (as a man) were being kneed every hour in the wrong place. Obviously this would effect your mood and ability to sleep, now imagine also that you had a constant leak of sperm, but rather than being clear, think some bright color that is way obvious.. say, blue.. or orange.. yes, neon orange? Okay, so serious pain, cranky of course, leaking that isn’t in your control (which could come quicker or slower at the worst times) and now imagine also that half the population in the world treated you like you were weaker because of this biological reality that (to try and make this equal) was how the population of the human race was able to continue to reproduce.— What do you all think? Would you add anything for a man version?

    For me, cramps are less than before I had kids, but I get so depressed and tired (sort of post partum depression ish?) which is awful. Anyway, it is good to be reminded to treat myself gently at this time. I tend to start to berate myself about not being able to do more or I will start to see everything that is wrong. Then when my period starts I have this “oh right” moment where I realize I was so depressed and struggling because that was coming. Drinking extra water before and during has helped me, and also rubbing cypress essential oil on my belly is super helpful (helps with cramps and anything that is tightening that needs to be opened– so coughing and bronchitis is helped with cypress oil. Also helps vericose veins. And it is a more inexpensive oil and smells like pine.) 🙂 I have food alergies so use cypress when I eat something accidentally and my stomach is cramping (as bad as pms! It’s aweful! I basically never eat anywhere except home.) :/
    I listened to this today because my period started and I was feeling bad that I didn’t have more energy for our school time. But, we did a poetry teatime and copied Bible verses and listened to some music and read aloud and played a game. It’s okay. 🙂

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