What Does Labor Contractions Feel Like?

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.

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.

What labor pains feel like?

Pain during labor is caused by contractions of the muscles of the uterus and by pressure on the cervix. This pain can be felt as strong cramping in the abdomen, groin, and back, as well as an achy feeling. Some women experience pain in their sides or thighs as well.