Malin Olofsson shows us that what happens to your body during your period is nothing to be ashamed of.

By Faith Brar
Updated: December 22, 2016

PMS bloating is a real thing, and no one knows that better than Swedish fitness aficionado, Malin Olofsson. In a recent Instagram post, the body-positive weightlifter shared a picture of herself in a sports bra and underwear-her swollen belly uncovered for everyone to see. Take a look for yourselves.

"No, I'm not pregnant, and no, this is not a food-baby," she captioned the photo. "This is how pms looks like for me, and many other women. And it's nothing to be ashamed of. It is simply water retention and yes, it is really uncomfortable. But you know what makes it even more uncomfortable? -walking around hating your body because of it."

Different women display different symptoms while PMSing-bloating being just one of them. Emotionally, they can experience heightened anxiety, mood swings, and depression-and physically they are predisposed to joint pain, headaches, fatigue, breast tenderness, acne flare-ups and of course, abdominal bloating.

"There are already a lot of hormones [affecting] your mental state in quite a difficult matter," Olofsson continues in her post. "And during this period many of us need some extra self-care and gentleness. Trying to fight your physical body and how it appears during this time will not be a good idea since you're already more sensitive to physical neglect and self-loathing."

In light of these emotions, Olofsson suggests that it's important to love and accept your body because at the end of the day it won't always look and feel the same.

"Your body's shape/size/form will not be a constant factor," she writes. "And this is what I look like for at least one week a month. And that is many weeks in a lifetime."

"No one looks like the pictures they post on Instagram at all times. We choose to show others what we are proud of - but I think it is important to be proud of the totality of you - to learn to be proud of you, no matter what your body looks like."

Thanks for giving us our daily dose of reality, Malin, and for teaching us to #LoveMyShape.

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