What does a really bad contraction feel like?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:18 PM on Dec. 20, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • I haven't gotten that far yet so I can't say lol i'd really like to know too though...

    Answer by Jan0609momma at 11:22 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

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  • First off, there's NOTHING to be scared of. Women have been giving birth to babies since the dawn of time!! Labor hurts, yes, I will say it hurts; but it's forgettable pain. I think labor pains would be a considerable amount less if women remembered that during labor, the added anxiety of knowing that labor has to come, no matter how much it hurts, really tacks on to the real pain.

    A labor contraction is about 3 charley horses, all centered on your stomach. It comes in spazms. Again, YES! Labor hurts, but if you put your mind towards the fact that you're working to something and making progress instead of "omg this hurts," it might help you out a bit. Just try to remember that all of us have done it, most of us more than once! And that you can do it too!!

    Answer by gabrielle_x at 11:23 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

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  • It hurts. But I had both my boys naturally, no pain meds. And I hate pain. I know it's scary, the "fear of the unknown" is what makes it so much scarier. Try not to worry about it too much though. There's no stopping it now momma! LoL I'm not going to discribe the pain to you b/c it will only scare you worse, it is very very painful, but once the labor starts, there's no going back you have to trek on and do it. Once your baby comes out you forget the pain, all you can think about is your baby. It'll be okay. Like the mom above me said, women have been doing it since the beginning of time. You should talk to your doctor, talk to them about pain med options if you so chose to go that route.

    Answer by Rachell9503 at 11:35 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

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  • i too was terrified... labor is scary... because until you go through it... you have no idea what it will be like. it was a piece of cake compared to what i thought it was going to be. did it hurt? yes, but not as much as i thought

    Answer by abelsmama07 at 11:42 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

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  • Have you taken a childbirth class? If you educate yourself, you will know your options for dealing with the sensations and pain of childbirth. Labor is different for every woman, but we all make it through =). Everyone loves a horror story, so surround yourself with women who have positive stories to tell.
    Even if you are planning on pain medication, opt for a natural childbirth class, it will give you many more tools and comfort measures to use to deal with labor.

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 11:43 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

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  • For me it feels like awful period cramps. I do a mind exercise where I literally go to a happy place (watching my dog swim in a lake during summer) and relax through breathing. I focus on the smells and sounds of the lake and usually get through it ok.
    I do take pain meds as late as they will give them to me. The actual need to push for me literally feels like I really have to go to the bathroom. (I ask them to take the edge off, not give me the dose based on weight.)
    If you don't have time or money for a childbirth class, Look as much up as you can online. If you are afraid of labor you can actually prolong it, so do as much as you can to get comfort prior to. Remember, you were born to do this!

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:11 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • Well my labor was induced i was 41 wks and they gave me a lil pitction and it started my labor and my contraction started n my lower part of my stomach and went into my thighs and my back...its like 1000 times worse than a period cramp the worse pain i ever felt n my life but believe me u will kno when it happens its nothin like u ever felt before but im sure u will b okay..and it will all b worth it in the end!

    Answer by Brinkleysmommy1 at 12:46 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • I didnt feel contractions at all until I was about 7cm dialated and then they were like moderate menstral cramps. It was no biggie:)

    Answer by LovinEveryDay at 12:47 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • For me, it was like insane menstrual cramps. I get my cramps in my back, and sure enough, I had back labor (since my son was sunny side up). I could also feel my cervix dilating during some of the contractions (it's SO disheartening when you have those ones, and it feels like you just dilated two more centimeters, and you find you're not much further along than you were last time they checked!!). Just try to remember it is a means to an end, and that it's pain with a purpose. Try to stay positive (easier to do when you're early in labor!! Find what mantras are working for you early on, and stick with them and repeat them when you get into active labor. As for pain control, the best things for me (before the epidural) were the shower, the ball while grasping the bed rails, and my hubby!!!

    Answer by musicpisces at 5:11 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • It is very very hard to describe, but I will say this... childbirth classes will be worth your time and money. I thought not before I had my daughter cuz my mom always said "You are in so much pain, breathing funny ain't gonna help!" (We're from SC, so sue me). But toward the end of my labor I got in the birthing tub and my midwife came in and started coaching me through it. She just kept talking to me, giving me things to think about, told me how to breath...and by golly, it REALLY helped! For my next one, I am sooooo paying the money to take those classes. At the very least, my husband will know what to say to walk me through it next time.

    As for the pain itself... it starts off feeling like very very very bad menstrual cramps. I had back labor as well, so that felt like a 500 pound fat man standing on my spine while I was having the very very very bad menstrual cramps. But dont' be afraid. It's just the last few hours.

    Answer by ErinHill226 at 10:20 AM on Mar. 26, 2009

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