What Does It Feel Like To Have Contractions?

Typically, real labor contractions feel like a pain or pressure that starts in the back and moves to the front of your lower abdomen.

During true labor contractions your belly will tighten and feel very hard.

Some moms-to-be liken these contractions to menstrual cramps.

How do contractions feel when they first start?

Labor contractions are the real deal. Some say labor contractions feel a bit like menstrual cramps at first, but then they intensify. Then, contractions feel like a dull ache paired with pelvic pressure. The discomfort moves from the top of the belly to the bottom—think of it as pushing your baby down and out.

Where do you feel contractions?

Contractions are usually only felt in the front of the abdomen or pelvic region. Contractions usually start in the lower back and move to the front of the abdomen.

What does a Braxton Hicks contraction feel like?

What do Braxton Hicks feel like? Often these contractions feel like a short hardening or tightening of the uterus, reflected as tightening across your belly. Some people say they feel like low pressure or extremely mild menstrual cramps.

Can you have contractions and not feel them?

At any point in pregnancy, you may feel your uterus contracting. These contractions are real labor happening before your baby is ready to be born. You’ll have symptoms consistent with active labor. These are “practice” contractions that usually aren’t painful and shouldn’t be felt in your back.