As you grow up, your body keeps on evolving. While puberty brings a lot of changes to your life and your body, you should know you’re not alone on this journey. All girls go through this. Your mom went through this. Your older sister did too. So did your teacher.
As you prepare to grow into a beautiful, confident woman it can be exciting, but also scary. But don’t worry! Read on to find out more about all the major milestones.
One of the changes you’ll notice is how your body seems different. The limbs are elongated and you’ll suddenly be shooting up in height. The area around the nipples may start feeling tender or sore with some swelling. These are called ‘breast buds’ which will slowly develop into your breasts. This is when you should start wearing a bra so that you have the required support for them.
Also, it’s important to remember that every girl is different. How large or small your breasts become depends on the physical genetic traits in your family. Complete development of breasts typically takes 2-3 years.
Along with the development in your body parts, you may notice a greater than normal hair growth in certain areas like the armpits and in the space between your thighs, called the pubic region. This is perfectly normal and may occur before or after your breasts start to develop.
The biggest change in the lot happens when you get your first period. A period happens because of changes in hormones in the body. Right before you get your first period, there may be some white fluid discharge in your panties. This acts as an indicator that you’ll soon start menstruating. You may not be sure what’s normal and you may not be following a regular schedule, immediately. It will typically take a couple of years for your cycle to develop.
Every girl develops differently and at her own pace, so don’t be discouraged. These stages of growth are part of a beautiful journey and at the end of it, you’ll be an awesome, independent woman!