What Does Childbirth 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.

Is childbirth the most painful thing?

There is one thing that almost every pregnant woman believes: Childbirth is the worst pain you could ever feel. However, there are some things that women who have experienced both say hurt more than giving birth. Everyone experiences pain differently, so what might be more painful for one person may not be for another.

What does it feel like to push a baby out?

A tingling, stretching, burning or stinging sensation at the vagina as your baby’s head emerges. A slippery wet feeling as your baby emerges.

Does giving birth really hurt?

Yes, childbirth is painful. But it’s manageable. In fact, nearly half of first-time moms (46 percent) said the pain they experienced with their first child was better than they expected, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in honor of Mother’s Day.

Does childbirth feel like pooping?

While women feel embarrassed about pooping during labor, it’s totally natural. And, it might even be healthier for both mom and baby. “If women poop during the delivery they are using the right muscles,” said Dr. Christine Greves, a doctor at the Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology at Orland Health.