What Do Contractions Feel Like When They First Start?

What do early contractions feel like?

For you, early contractions may feel quite painless or mild, or they may feel very strong and intense.

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

How can I tell if Im having a contraction?

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.

Does baby move during contractions?

You usually can’t feel your baby move during the cramp or contraction. The contractions push the baby’s head down, slowly thinning and opening the cervix; this is called effacement and dilation.

How far apart are contractions when they first start?

When the cervix dilates from 0 to 3 or 4 centimeters, contractions get stronger as time progresses. Mild contractions begin at 15 to 20 minutes apart and last 60 to 90 seconds. The contractions become more regular until they are less than 5 minutes apart.