Typically, real labor contractions feel like a pain or pressure that starts in the back and moves to the front of your lower abdomen.
Unlike the ebb and flow of Braxton Hicks, true labor contractions feel steadily more intense over time.
Some moms-to-be liken these contractions to 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 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.