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.
How do you know if you are 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.
Are real contractions high or low?
Where do you feel the contractions? With true labor, the pain tends to begin high in your abdomen, radiating throughout your entire abdomen and lower back, or visa versa. In the case of false labor the contractions are often concentrated in the lower abdomen and groin.
What labor pains feel like?
Pain during labor is caused by contractions of the muscles of the uterus and by pressure on the cervix. This pain can be felt as strong cramping in the abdomen, groin, and back, as well as an achy feeling. Some women experience pain in their sides or thighs as well.