(Closed) Explain what contractions feel like… PLEASE!

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 31
9823 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
1610 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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 # 35
2814 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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 # 39
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Mrs.Moser:  good luck! Whatever happens you’re going to get your baby! 

Post # 40
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
4335 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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!

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