Aunt Flo: What to Expect When You’re NOT Expecting

Written by Angela Atkinson

wpid-3902608427_653548d940_b.jpgOne of the most important skills I’ve learned over the years is how to pay attention to my body and the cycles it naturally goes through.

I’m not talking about just that “special” week when Aunt Flo visits – I mean each cycle. For example, I notice I get hungry for a couple of days each month, about a week before I start my period. And I get a funny little twinge when I’m ovulating (and I also tend to look a lot better that week!). The following week I get all bloaty and then things clear up right before the big visit from my least favorite aunt. 

I get more emotional the week before the “visit” and knowing that helps me to take things less seriously that week (so much better than a monthly existential crisis, am I right?). 

But that’s just me. Apparently, there are certain fairly standard things that each of us can expect during the ebbs and flows of our cycles. 

So, while I’m pretty comfortable in the knowledge of my own body, it occurred to me that maybe you’re not, just yet. 

And you know me – I’m all about sharing useful info. So here you go – a really great article I found on Bustle about “What to Expect When You’re NOT Expecting.” Ha! I love it. 

Take a look and then head over to our Facebook page and tell me what you think!


  • Angela Atkinson

    Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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