What does a contraction feel like?


Asked by skvaughan at 9:17 PM on Jul. 10, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Waves of painful cramps that take your breath away, make your toes curl, eyes bulge and just when you think you cannot take it. It is over long enough to catch your breath and let out a few choice words...then it starts over again. Pregnancy and Labor ...it is not for whimps!!! LOL

    Answer by MommasCooCoo at 9:24 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • They feel different at different stages of labor. For much of my pregnancies I had Braxton-Hicks contractions, when your belly gets very hard and you feel like you have a gigantic, hard basketball in your belly. Those are just practice ones! For my first baby I had back labor (where the back of the baby's head is against your tailbone, it's bone on bone) and those contractions were extremely painful. It was extremely tight across my belly and like a band of fire across my back. I never progressed to the transition stage and had emergency C-sections for both babies so I can't tell you what that's like.

    I think the important thing is to time the space between the contractions and call your doctor if they become regular, are extremely painful or you are having a lot of them (maybe 5 or more per hour?) before 38 weeks of pregnancy. The good news is that it's true, you do forget what they feel like after it's over! Good luck to you!!

    Answer by Sharon11675 at 9:27 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • I think it is different for everyone. I guess it all depends on your level of pain tolerance. When labor started for me with my first son I was not even sure if what I was feeling was contractions. I just had a strange feeling in my stomach. The only reason I found out that it was the beginning of labor was because I started timing it and they were all between 4 and 5 minutes apart, so I called my doctor. They very slowly became stronger. It began feeling like my stomach tightening up. Thats all it really is. It is your uterus preparing to squeeze the baby out. Once I got to around 7 centimeters the tightening was very intemse and had become painful. That is the best I can describe how my contractions felt to me.

    Answer by angelmonki at 10:05 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • Haha... I like MamasCooCoos answer. That is what it feels like! Maybe not so bad at the beginning. More like your stomach muscles tightening on their own. Not long until the "take your breath away, make your toes curl, eyes bulge" kind of pain takes over though! I hate when people say its not that bad. It hurts like hell!!! Worth every minute though.

    Answer by drowninginboys at 10:06 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • My contractions started out as pressure in my back and a rock in my belly. Then they went to taking my breathe away and real back cramps. I don't remember what it was after that because they gave me nausea medicine and kinda knocked me out.

    Answer by SandraBeth at 10:07 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • i had back labor.....so at first my back just hurt really bad like i had been lifting something heavy the day before and i couldnt get comfortable at all...then it progressed to where my lower back hurt so bad i was scared to move because i didnt want it to hurt worse....when i actually went into hard labor it felt like bad menstrual cramps paired with a whole lot of pressure/tightening

    Answer by LoriaAnn at 10:19 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • With my son, I had leg labor. It was like very heavy menstrual cramps in my thighs.
    With my daughter, it was in my back, so my lower back felt more extreme pressure, the further along the contractions got.

    Answer by TXdanielly at 10:41 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • when i went in to labor i had false labor for 3 weeks before i acctually went into labor but her is what mine felt like mine was like a really bad menstral cramp that no matter how you lay stand sit or what you do they dont go away although they do come in waves mine where exactly 5 minutes apart for one hour this may not be appropriate to ask but have you passed anything slimmy in the past few weeks ? i hope this helps you alot and good luck

    Answer by littlemansmo816 at 10:43 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • Imagine the worst menstrual cramps & diarrhea cramps put together but magnified by 9,000. With one I had back labor and I felt all of the above but entirely in my lower spine. If I had had a section I would have told them to cut into my butt because I was so sure that's where she was coming out of!

    Answer by Gotoyourmoms at 10:49 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • I started contracting and they were painless it was great and then I stopped -oh boy! I was induced and from what I hear that makes your labor even worse. During my harder labor it felt like the worst menstraul cramps I have ever ever had, then on top of theat I was fighting to breathe through my contractions because it just hurts so much you want to shut down but as I was fighting to breathe I was fighting to hold down vomit as well. I don't know what the hell is in that induction crap but they can stick it lol. I am not a screamer, the nurse checked me and I was 8 cm dilated and I started to cry and thats when I asked from my epi, and thank the sweet lord for Randy my med man. MY CONTRACTIONS WERE PAINLESS AGAIN. After what I had went through, I wouldn't change it for the world it was the greatest experience ever and every single minute I was in labor was well worth the child I brought into this world. I am really excited for January to come because I get to do it all over again.

    Answer by JustinScottsMom at 11:16 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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