What Does Labor Back Pain Feel Like?

What do labor pains feel like?

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.

How do I know if I’m having contractions?

What are the signs of labor?

  • You have strong and regular contractions. A contraction is when the muscles of your uterus tighten up like a fist and then relax.
  • You feel pain in your belly and lower back.
  • You have a bloody (brownish or reddish) mucus discharge.
  • Your water breaks.

Is upper back pain a sign of labor?

While upper back pain during pregnancy is common, it isn’t something to ignore. In some cases back pain may be a sign of pre-term labor or other obstetrical conditions, so always mention the back pain to your doctor so that they can evaluate the cause and suggest the proper treatment.