Most women go through the pangs of menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps are dull, throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen that women experience usually before and during their menstrual periods.

For some women, the discomfort is merely annoying. For others, it can be severe enough to interfere with everyday activities for a few days each month. Menstrual cramps are the result of uterine contractions when your uterus tightens and relaxes to allow the blood to flow.

The uterus is a muscle that tightens and relaxes causing jabbing or cramp-like pain. It is normal to have mild cramps during your period because of uterine contractions. Most often the discomforts are relieved with over-the-counter medications.

Here's list of 10 dos and don'ts which could help you to manage well the inevitable menstrual cramps:

1. Take special attention on your food habits during your periods. It can really help you solving many difficulties associated with menstrual cramps.

2. Try to take a vitamin B and calcium pill after food, if possible. Nutritional supplements could help to reduce the pain.

3. Eat fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits along with rice.

4. You can try keeping a bottle of warm water above the stomach for some time to relieve pain and other associated symptoms of menstrual cramps.

5. Try out simple exercises such as yoga in the days before you get your periods.

6. Consumption of dates regularly is considered to help solve problems during periods.

7. Avoid taking pain killers on empty stomach. Take pain relievers only after food.

8. Cut down the intake of salt, sweet and spicy foods.

9. Try not to take too much of food at one stretch.

10. Avoid intake of tea, coffee, coke, chocolate, cold water etc during periods. Instead, you can try lemonade and herbal tea.