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You may be nervous or excited about having your first period. Hopefully you’ve talked to your mom, aunt, older sister or another relative before it started so you know what to expect and how to use pads or tampons. Remember, your mom got her period for the first time once upon a time too!

If you haven’t talked to her yet, find a time where she’s alone and say that you just wanted to let her know you’ve started your period. If you feel confident about taking care of your period, you might want to have a “mom and me” day and tell her when you’re out together. You might also casually tell her right before you leave for school, or if she asks if you need something from the grocery store say, “yes, pads and tampons”.

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