What Do Back Contractions Feel Like?

Can you feel contractions in your back?

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.

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.

When should I go to the hospital for back labor?

If you’re having very painful contractions every 5 minutes that last for about a minute, you’re probably in labor. Add back pain to this and you may also be experiencing back labor. Take a deep breath, call your OB, and head to the hospital.

Can you have back contractions on one side?

During a contraction, the uterus will feel firm to the touch. You will notice a definite pressure change. ​​The uterus may feel firm on one side while the opposite side remains soft. You may also have localized contractions that cause a bulging on only one side of the uterus.