What Will Contractions Feel Like?

For you, early contractions may feel quite painless or mild, or they may feel very strong and intense. Typically, real labor contractions feel like a pain or pressure that starts in the back and moves to the front of your lower abdomen.

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For you, early contractions may feel quite painless or mild, or they may feel very strong and intense. Typically, real labor contractions feel like a pain or pressure that starts in the back and moves to the front of your lower abdomen.

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These normal contractions, called Braxton Hicks contractions or false labor, are your body’s way of rehearsing for birth. Braxton Hicks contractions feel like a tightening of your abdomen, something like a sit-up. They are usually mild and painless. Other times it can be more painful.

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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.

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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.

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what do false contractions feel like

Some women describe Braxton Hicks contractions as tightening in the abdomen that comes and goes. Many women say these “false” contractions feel like mild menstrual cramps. Braxton Hicks contractions may be uncomfortable, but they do not cause labor or open the cervix.

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How do you know if you are having a contraction?

You know you’re in true labor when:

  1. You have strong and regular contractions. A contraction is when the muscles of your uterus tighten up like a fist and then relax.
  2. You feel pain in your belly and lower back.
  3. You have a bloody (brownish or reddish) mucus discharge.
  4. Your water breaks.

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.

What does a Braxton Hicks contraction feel like?

What do Braxton Hicks feel like? Often these contractions feel like a short hardening or tightening of the uterus, reflected as tightening across your belly. Some people say they feel like low pressure or extremely mild menstrual cramps.