What Do Contrations Feel Like

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Lissa - September 12

new mom here, due in Jan., and just wondering what contractions feel like! I'm afraid I wont know I'm in labor! Help!

 

Jen - September 12

trust me you'll know-reminds me of real bad poop cramps(sorry) your belly tightens up real tight and the cramps come around from the back-well, mine did, and go up your belly. But I would go with poop cramps x 10!!!!

 

Erin - September 12

when you're in labor, you'll definitely know!! You may start having contractions as soon as 20 weeks (braxton hicks), but the real contractions will be pretty obvious. I've heard of women who didn't realize they were having contractions and I can definitely say that it's *possible* since I was hospitalized for pre-term contractions and was having them every 3-5 minutes even though I thought they were coming every 10 minutes. But, the MAJORITY of women practically double over with the real contractions that dilate your cervix. Good luck!!

 

nhb - September 12

I agree with Jen--it feels like really bad diarrheal or menstrual cramps to me. I was a total wuss, got the epidural at only about 2-3 cm, and they still felt horrible up until that point (I have an extremely low pain tolerance). But if you think you are in labor and aren't sure, call the dr--trust me, someone else will have called them more than you : ). They really have seen it all (or at least almost all).

 

Jamie - September 12

You WILL know. I woke from a sound sleep, looked at my belly, and I didn't look pregnant, my stomach was so tight. Imagine you're Roseanne, being squeezed into one of Scarlett O'Hara's dresses. At least, that's how it was for me.

 

geri - September 12

it feels like you are about to get your period

 

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