I usually get a day or two mid cycle where I get the cramping, bloating and irritability. I also have to white-knuckle through all the cravings for high fat, high carb foods...those are not a fun couple of days. I'm not on birth control at the moment, and I think that probably has an impact on it. I'll gain usually about 2lbs in water weight that come off a couple days later as long as I stay on plan.
Some things I've found that help alleviate some of the icky feelings (for me, of course...it may or may not work for you) is to drink lots of water, eat foods high in protein (I will usually opt for red meat around this time) and try to minimize the amount of salt I use (it just makes me retain water even more). I also try and find something relaxing to do, and take it easy on the exercise.
Started Weight Watchers May 5th, 2013
Started MyFitnessPal June 23, 2013
"Rather than aiming for being perfect, just aim to be little bit better today than you were yesterday"
A Gamer's Journey of Weight Loss
First goal: 210 lbs-5% of body weight-achieved 6/24/13
Second goal: 199 lbs-10% of body weight and ONEderland!-achieved 8/20/13
Third goal: 175 lbs-high school graduation weight!