Post # 31
I definitely wondered what they felt like before labor, so it’s not a silly question. I was induced so once they started me on pitocin I had immediate contractions (3-5 min apart). They felt like menstrual cramps, they were okay at first (uncomfortable) but after they broke my water (only 30 min later) they got a lot more intense. They felt like the worst menstrual cramps EVER. You can feel them build, peak, and start to fade. So I never really had much of an ease into it. When they’re real, you will definitely know it. I didnt’ have any back pain.
I had some period like cramping on and off before I gave birth as well as some (mostly painless) BH but they felt pretty different than real in-labor contractions. Good luck!
Post # 32
Great question, thanks for posting, and thanks to all the posters who have taken it seriously. I’m 30 weeks so starting to think about these things. My doctors really try to be helpful but just say you will “know” when it’s time to go to the hospital (which many of the posters on here seem to agree), so it’s great to hear descriptions from other moms. I’d like to labor at home as long as reasonable, but knowing me, will end up in the hospital to get checked and turned away a time or two :).
Any knowledge is good knowledge when it comes to this for me! Good luck, OP, here’s hoping this is it!
Post # 33
For me contractions felt like very intense period cramps. Like you, I was really unsure of what they felt like and was concerned about every ache and pain being a contraction. It sounds cliche, and not very helpful at this point, but when you are having contractions, you will know. They will eventually get bad enough that they will take your breath away.
Post # 34
Thank you everyone! Even those who stood up for me. I tend to be a little emotional as is + add pregnancy hormones I’m even more so. I thought I was asking a valid question since its a new and scary process. I have a doctors apt in an hour and am waiting to see if I’m dilated any more. I was only 1cm last week. If not they should be scheduling an induction today for sometime in the next week. I’ll let you all know how it goes.
Post # 35
Good luck! I hope you already starting the early stages of labour and don’t need an induction!
Can’t wait to hear what the doc says!
Post # 36
Mrs.Moser: You’ll know! Mine came in waves that started light and got more painful then subsided. IT started in my back then wrapped around to my stomach and was more intense than a period cramp. Almost felt like someone was tightening a belt around my waist. Also, mine NEVER became timeable. Some were 3 minutes apart, some were 20 minutes apart, even when I was in VERY active labor. Good luck!
Post # 37
You will know! I was in labor for 28 hours total, and the first 21 hours were totally bearable even questionable.. they felt like period cramps and just got worse over time! Good luck & congrats 🙂
Post # 38
I’m still only 1cm dilated… Barely. So they are starting me on cervadil this Sunday. The doctor said the baby is still high and that I have very narrow hips. Theres a good chance I may have to have a c section.
Post # 39
Mrs.Moser: good luck! Whatever happens you’re going to get your baby!
Post # 40
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Yeah, people are jerks. I clicked on this thread ’cause I’m pregnant for the first time and want to know what contractions feel like too. Why is that a weird thing? In fact, I was told by multiple midwives that the first thing you should do when you go into labor is go to sleep. So cruising around on the Internet is not going to hurt you even if you were in labor. Honestly, I’m relieved to hear that they’re just like really bad cramps.
DaneLady: Wow, what a vivid description. Thank you for sharing your experience!
Mrs.Moser: Good luck! I hope you are blessed with a healthy baby! I just want to add that unless you need to take medication because you have a medical condition (pre-eclampsia, etc.), you really don’t need it. You will go into labor when your body is ready to deliver the baby. Inductions are usually an unnecessary intervention, as are pitocin and c-sections. As for narrow hips, that is a HUGE load of crap and it really pisses me off that they still teach doctors this misinformation. It is completely false. Your pelvic bones can move around depending on the position you’re in. The odds that you are literally too small for birth are slim to none. In addition, the baby’s head is actually made up of several separate pieces of bone to allow the baby to pass through the vaginal canal at birth.
Post # 41
Mrs.Moser: Good luck!<br />I feel like I was in your shoes back in January. 1cm and needed Cervadil, it worked fast. (I did have a c-section though, all went perfectly). I had wondered about contractions even while I was having them. Definitely not a silly question 🙂
Post # 42
i might be late responding, but i just wanted to add that when you’re in labor, you won’t question if you’re in labor or not. i know that’s completely unhelpful! it’s like full abdomen, stomach hardening period cramps X50. good luck with everything – once your baby is in your arms, it’s all worth it!
Post # 43
The brutishness of some people just piss me off sometimes. Yes, it is called WeddingBee, but unless you’re blind or just plain stupid you can see there are more than just topics on weddings. Some people are just simpletons and we must do our best to accomidate to their lack of knowledge.
Post # 44
Wow, I can’t believe some of these responses… however, I do still want to answer the question. For me, it felt like a balloon being blown up in my abdomen. It seriously did not hurt in the slightest, and I had ones like that for about two days, and I wasn’t even sure they were contractions and not LO moving until about 5 hours before I gave birth and sh!t got real – I arrived at the hospital about an hour later and was already 7 cm!