Are cramps normal and how can I stop them?

Cramps are a normal part of becoming a woman

Cramps are a completely normal part of becoming a woman. They're caused by the hormone Prostaglandins which causes your uterus to contract so that it’s easier for the extra lining that your uterus has built up (in preparation for a possible pregnancy that didn’t happen this month) and egg to exit your body in the form of your period. These cramps normally start right before you get your period and are at their worst about a day after you first start feeling sore. There are a few things that you can do to help make your period cramps easier to bear such as a hot water bottle, a hot bath, exercise, painkillers and taking vitamin supplements.