The way a contraction feels is different for each woman, and may feel different from one pregnancy to the next.
But labor contractions usually cause discomfort or a dull ache in your back and lower abdomen, along with pressure in the pelvis.
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 do I know if Im in labor?
Signs of labor include strong and regular contractions, pain in your belly and lower back, a bloody mucus discharge and your water breaking. If you think you’re in labor, call your health care provider. Not all contractions mean you’re in true labor.
What labor pains feel like?
Pain During Labor and Delivery
This pain can be felt as strong cramping in the abdomen, groin, and back, as well as an achy feeling. Women experience labor pain differently — for some, it resembles menstrual cramps; for others, severe pressure; and for others, extremely strong waves that feel like diarrheal cramps.