Explain what contractions feel like… PLEASE!

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Depending on the stage of labour, contractions can feel reallu different. My first contractions were barely noticable. Low tightening. Painless.

It wasnt until my water broke that they became uncomfortable. Crampy, tight, made me shake like I was cold, feel kind of nauseated.

Back pain is definitely a sign. Baby’s position could cause back labour pain.

Are you close enough to the hospital to get it checked out? Good luck!

 

 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Please call your doctor. Don’t rely on a wedding message board to tell you if you are in labor or not.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

Mrs.Moser:  I only ever had major contractions with my youngest and it was because I actually went into labor before my scheduled c-section & the doctor on call was being an a$$. Anyway, I got to, probably, right before your water breaks & it was like really bad menstrual cramps.

My Braxton Hicks, however, did not feel anything like this. It was like a tightening in my abdomen, but not like cramps. I am not really sure how to explain it.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Right? It’s hilarious…”I am having pains that might be labor…better get on WeddingBee to ask them!”

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t understand why people are being so rude to you. It’s not like your facing danger by asking what contractions feel like. First time labours can be long, and going to the hospital early can sometimes be detrimental.

If you wait long enough, and it is labour pain, it will become quite obvious before it’s an issue. I totally understood your question as being out of curiosity– lots of women think they are in early in labour when they aren’t.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My first contractions usually feel like bad menstrual cramps in my lower abdomen and my back. At first they are very indistinct and I can’t really tell when they start or stop, but then they get worse and have a very clear beginning and end.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

My contractions felt like severe pregnancy cramps. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mine were like a wave of bloat that traveled from my back through my entire abdomen.  In early labor, it was neat, like i was just below the surface of a wave, feeling the flow.  Late in labor, on pitosin, it was a wave of stomach muscles cramping, then holding right above the baby.  Picking one spot to stare at was the only thing that helped.  If i could burn holes with my eyes, i know of some bath spouts that woulde damaged.  I won’t lie: it hurt.  Badly.

The epidural for my necessary c-section made the rest of it bliss. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Mrs.Moser:  they feel just like period cramps. Ugh.

wtf? Are people really giving you a hard time about your question? It’s a valid question. Even with my second I questioned what was going on! And I also did a lot of internet searching because the doctors won’t see you unless a) your water broke or … Well actually that’s it. I had contractions 2 minutes apart with my first and they still sent me home. “Did your water break? No? Ok go home and labour there. Come back when your water breaks”. True story. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Feels different for some people but for me it was like aweful period cramps. Atatyed out as a dull ache in lower abdomen, back, thighs and got progressively worse to where there was no mistaking them. also feel your belly because it should get hard with contractions. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I find it so rude to make fun of you for this. As someone TTC I’ve been wondering what they feel like and my friend couldn’t give me a good answer. I find it very helpful to get many women’s experiences on what type of sensation it is.

 

it makes a huge difference what kind of pain you feel; stabbing, electrical, nerve, ache, cramping, throbbing. It’s important to know what you’re up against! 🙂

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