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.