Your Body & General Health
Your body has been constantly changing since you were born. During
the changes your body undergoes will be more rapid and dramatic
than at any other time in your life. These changes can be scary,
but also exciting. Either way, it's best to understand what is
happening to your body so that you'll know what to expect.
is the term used for the time when your body is changing from the
body of a child to the body of an adult. This process begins
earlier in girls than in boys, usually between ages 8 and 13, and
lasts 2 to 4 years.
In the early part of
puberty, your brain sends signals to your
organs in your lower abdomen) to begin producing a
estrogen. The estrogen you produce and some other brain
chemicals signal your body to start growing and changing into your
Since you're going
through so many changes at once, you might find yourself
wondering, "what's normal?" So, let's take a better look at how
your body is developing and growing.
Things to remember while you're
puberty timetable may be very different from that of your friends.
Even if you start changing right smack in the middle of the normal
age range for puberty, others may have already started or still
others will start changing after you.
to feel a little awkward and insecure about your body at this
time. After all, you got pretty used to being in the body you had
and it's changing fast. Don't worry, you'll get used to the new
physical growth doesn't happen alone. You are also going through
some very important emotional and mental changes as well. Don't be
surprised if you have some new feelings you haven't had before.