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Does the age you started your periods have any bearing on when your dd does?

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I was very late starting mine (15yrs), I had norks from 12 ish but no periods- which of course I was desperate for <builds time machine, travels back, hits idiot self>.

Dd is quite small for her age (she is 10 now) - I just wonder if she will start sooner - I know that girls are generally starting younger now.

What's your experience?

The average age of menarche falls by 6 months with each generation.

My mother started at 13 and I started at 12.5, so it would be reasonable to expect DD to start at around 12.

MirandaWest Wed 20-Mar-13 07:28:22

My mums periods started when she was 12. Mine started when I was 14.

NotMostPeople Wed 20-Mar-13 07:28:32

My mother started at 10, I was 11.6, dd1 11.6

Cocodale Wed 20-Mar-13 07:29:58

Mine started at 11. Eldest daughter 13.5 and next daughter 13, so no correlation here thank goodness.

Hopefully I will have a few years to go then! smile I had VILE PMT (not any more, gawd bless mirena)and as dd and I are quite similarly tempered I suspect we may be in for rough week every month grin

My mum started at sixteen and me at 12

Prawntoast Wed 20-Mar-13 08:04:37

I was 11, my DD is 12, no signs yet.

sandyballs Wed 20-Mar-13 08:06:33

I have twin girls. One started a month before her 12th birthday, similar time to me. No sign of things starting with other DD. I think a lot of it is weight related. The DD who hasn't started is tall and skinny and sport mad whereas her sister is a bit chunkier.

Footle Wed 20-Mar-13 09:07:06

Mine started at 10 - nearly 11. Both daughters started at 13.

Schooldidi Wed 20-Mar-13 09:09:28

I was 14. Dd1 was 10.

I had very light and infrequent periods (I only had 4 by the time I left 6th form!). Dd1 seems to be regular as clockwork but thankfully doesn't seem to suffer badly with them like some of her friends.

grimbletart Wed 20-Mar-13 12:21:35

Mum was 16, I was 14. Both dds were 14.

NotMostPeople Wed 20-Mar-13 12:37:45

Isn't it weight related? I think there was a Robert Winston programme years ago that showed once girls got to about 7 1/2 stone that's when their period started.

newpup Wed 20-Mar-13 13:07:42

I was 12, DD1 is almost 14 and no sign yet!

PrincessRagnhild Wed 20-Mar-13 16:16:33

My mum's started when she was just 11, mine when I was just 12. Don't know if the weight thing is always true or not, but my mum was taller and heavier than me at 11, and my cousin was very tall and well-developed by age 10 and started hers then.

crazynanna Wed 20-Mar-13 16:21:19

Mum was 12

I was 11

DD1 was 13

DD2 is 15 in July..and no sign yet.

Mum was 12.

I was 12

DD1 was 15.. very skinny so didn't reach 7 stone til then

DD2 12 bang on as she hit 7 stone!

hellymelly Wed 20-Mar-13 16:55:43

My Mum was 16, I was nearly 16 (and not quite seven stone, which I heard is the rough benchmark).Dd's are 8 and 5. Saw a few longer hairs on dd yesterday, like the very very slight beginning of pubes, only three or four but she is only 8!! I'm slightly freaked this means she will hit puberty early, any thoughts on this? No other signs of anything, I am hoping she is years away yet, I think starting in primary school must be hard.

Dahlialover Wed 20-Mar-13 17:33:04

I was 13.5, dd1 11.5, dd2, her identical twin, 12.

I would go with the weight theory - I was very thin and was 7st10lb at 18 which is the earliest time I had access to scales! - DDs were heavier than me, with DD2 a little thinner than her sister at that age.

Schooldidi Wed 20-Mar-13 17:37:59

The weight theory doesn't hold true in our family. I was rather tall and chunky but didn't start til 14 whereas dd1 was tall and skinny but started at 10. Maybe she was about 7 stone ish, I don't know as I didn't ever weigh her. I was definitely a lot more than that by the time mine started, probably about 9-10 stone, again we didn't really bother with scales.

The weight thing would make sense to me as I started at nearly 12 but my poor little sister started at 9 and a half. I hope and hope DD will be spared that. She is a beanpole at theminute and very tall for her age - fingers crossed!

Oh no cross posted - argh !

goingmadinthecountry Wed 20-Mar-13 22:22:52

Not sure how old I was. 12ish? Just know that 37/8 years later I'm still getting the buggers regular as clockwork. Dd1 was 10/11 - can't remember - am I a really bad mum? Skinny dd2 was a bit older. Not sure how much any of my dcs weigh but they all look within normal range.

Coffeenowplease Wed 20-Mar-13 22:27:13

Could be weight , I was nearly 16 (not quite 7 stone though) but Id put on a teeny bit of weight by then.

cocolepew Wed 20-Mar-13 22:34:04

Me, 13
DD1, 13
DD2, 11

DD1 was heavier than 7 stone and DD2 hasn't reached 7st yet.

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