What Do Labor Pains Feel Like When They Start?

During contractions, the abdomen becomes hard.

But labor contractions usually cause discomfort or a dull ache in your back and lower abdomen, along with pressure in the pelvis.

Contractions move in a wave-like motion from the top of the uterus to the bottom.

Some women describe contractions as strong menstrual cramps.

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 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.

How do you know when Labour is near?

When true labor begins, the contractions start as mild, irregular cramps that become regular and more painful over time. 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.