What Do False Contractions Feel Like?

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.

What does false labor feel like?

Signs of false labor include:

Contractions are felt as a generalized abdominal tightening. Change in activity or body position causes contractions to slow down or stop. There is no evidence of bloody show. Membranes have not ruptured.

How can you tell the difference between false labor and real labor?

So how do you know when your contractions are the “real thing?”

  • False labor: contractions are often irregular and do not get closer together.
  • True labor: contractions come at regular intervals and get closer together as time goes on. (Contractions last about 30 to 70 seconds.).

Where do you feel contractions?

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.