Questions your daughter might ask

Questions your daughter might ask

Your daughter may have a lot of questions as she goes through puberty – mainly of the 'am I normal?' variety. Here are some potential questions (with answers) that you can perhaps use as conversation starters.


What exactly is puberty?

Puberty is a name for the time when you start to change from a child to an adult, from a girl into a woman.

It's important to know that puberty is normal – it happens to everyone. You should also know that, though you'll go through a lot of changes, you will still be YOU – with some important differences. The obvious change during puberty is the development of sexual characteristics, like breasts, the growth of pubic hair and getting your period. When puberty is complete, a girl is physically able to have a baby.

Is it normal to put on weight during puberty?

Definitely. Explain to your daughter that she's meant to put on weight during puberty because her body is growing, and an adult woman has more body fat than a young girl. Encourage your daughter to eat healthily and participate in physical activities. Reassure her that she'll only put on more weight than her body needs if she eats too many fatty and sugary foods and doesn’t do enough exercise.

When will my first period happen?

Generally, you can expect your first period about 2 years after the first signs of your breasts developing.

Take a look at these clues to help you figure out when you’re more likely to get your first period:

  • About two years after your breasts begin to develop
  • Within a year or so of you developing pubic hair
  • After you start to notice some vaginal discharge (whitish or clear fluid that comes from your vagina).

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