Menstrual Cramps: The Questions Cramps What causes cramps? Menstrual cramps are just like other cramps. A muscle contracts too hard or too fast constricting blood flow and OUCH! But during your period, these cramps take place in your uterus, so they can be extra annoying. But mild cramps can result from other things besides your period. Things like having good posture, exercising, and eating right regularly all are important in preventing painful menstruation. Does everybody get cramps? Nope. But a lot experience some ouches and eeks in their stomachs and lower backs. If you get the period pains, try taking a hot bath or use a heating pad. Lots of chicas will lightly exercise. And of course, you could take some medicine. If cramps are totally wrecking your life, talk to your mom, a doctor, or the even the school nurse. If your mother has bad menstrual cramps does that mean you'll get them too? There's no medical reason to believe that a girl will get menstrual cramps just because her mother does. But if you have somehow learned to expect that you will, then your chances of experiencing cramps may be increased. So it's important to realize that menstruation is a normal, healthy, event that doesn't have to include cramps. Cramps aren't genetic like eye color. So even if your mom cramps badly, you might be safe. But if you're totally freaked about maybe-possibly-someday cramping, be prepared. And remember, having a period might not be your favorite thing, but it's normal and healthy. And it can be cramp free! Is exercise good or bad for cramps? As mentioned above, tons of chicas find that light exercise will make cramps disappear. The trick is to not overdo it. A pulled muscle is way worse than a mild cramp! Light exercise also increases blood flow, which is why it helps cramps melt away. Read about menstrual cramps and learn helpful tips for dealing with your period from BeingGirl.