What are contractions? I do not want the definition ..I want to know how they feel it...please

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Janine Wiser - posted on 04/10/2009

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Why do people find it necessary to suggest an epidural??? It's annoying!! I have got 3 children 2 of which were 9lb 5 1/2ounces, I had no pain refief at all and although lobour hurts it is the most natural thing in the world and your body has it's own way of coping with the pain, as long as you keep breathing properly you'll be fine and less likely to need an assisted delivery, because you can't feel when to push and how hard they have to tell you. Don't forget the birth is traumatic for your baby too and they have no reassurance so just keep thinking of every time you have a contraction which do feel like period cramps which make your tummy tighten that each one brings your baby closer to you. We need more natural births unless absolutly necessary, it's better for everyone and less traumatic. Hope all goes well for you.

Dana - posted on 04/06/2009

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I just had my first baby in January & I didn't know what to expect either. To me...it felt like somebody was squeezing my stomach together until my stomach got hard as a rock, then let go. That squeezing pain gets worse and worse as labor progresses. I'm just being honest, I wish somebody would have been with me. GET THE EPIDURAL! Good Luck

Nicole - posted on 04/10/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:



No doubt contractions are an insane amount of pain. They can be in your back, your belly or both. The key is to remember what that pain is doing-bringing your baby into the world!!







I totally agree with Rebecca!



my labour was a full on back labour thanks to an anterior placenta and a sunny side up baby (she was facing my belly rather than my back) and so the pains that everyone explained to me were very different from what I experienced. I had a TON of pressure in my lower back, and barely any pain in the front.





the best part about the pain (and there is a best part) is that as soon as your baby is out,the contractions stop, and so does the pain. you won't forget what it felt like, but it won't matter anymore, and then your precious baby will be in your arms!





Good luck sweety!

Angela - posted on 04/06/2009

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Yep, I agree. They feel like menstrual cramps. The day before I went into labor I was having crampy sensations like I was going to start my period. Most people say you will be doubled over in pain, but I wasn't. They did seem to come at regular intervals, but not very close together at the time. It wasn't until the next day that my water broke and I went to the hospital. When they hooked me up to the contraction monitor and the nurse told me I was having a contraction, it felt like a cramp.



I think all women are different. Some have back pain, some have intense pressure etc. and you definitely feel a tightness in your tummy that can be considered a contraction. ( I think these are referred to as Braxton Hicks contractions) I thought it was really hard to know when I was actually having contractions. I am glad my water broke because I would have just dismissed it otherwise.

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Heather - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting Janine Wiser:

Why do people find it necessary to suggest an epidural??? It's annoying!! I have got 3 children 2 of which were 9lb 5 1/2ounces, I had no pain refief at all and although lobour hurts it is the most natural thing in the world and your body has it's own way of coping with the pain, as long as you keep breathing properly you'll be fine and less likely to need an assisted delivery, because you can't feel when to push and how hard they have to tell you. Don't forget the birth is traumatic for your baby too and they have no reassurance so just keep thinking of every time you have a contraction which do feel like period cramps which make your tummy tighten that each one brings your baby closer to you. We need more natural births unless absolutly necessary, it's better for everyone and less traumatic. Hope all goes well for you.



I commend you having natural birth but to each their own Its not traumatic to either you or the baby to have the epidural she the mother should be given knowledgable information to make her own decision not told what you find annoying and sound as if your a marta an Epidural has nothing to do with the statistics of assisted deliverys im in the medical field and no for a fact that the stats are not that far off. Natural borth or medicaded still gets the same results a beautiful child so dont critique those who chose something you dont agree with be a bit more open minded to others as we are to you but this is a very close minded comment

Heather - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting [no name]:



HONESTLY, IT DOES FEEL LIKE REALLY REALLY BAD CRAMPS THE TIGHTENING OF THE STOMACH , BUT DONT LISTEN TO PEOPLE SAYING TO NOT GET THE EPIDURAL. BECAUSE BELIEVE ME YOU'RE GOING TO NEED IT!!!!! ONCE YOU GET THE EPIDURAL ITS SMOOTH SAILING AFTER THAT. I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK AND JUST DONT THINK ABOUT IT , IT WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY. JUST SAY TO YOUR SELF IN THE END YOU WILL BE HOLDING YOU'RE PRECIOUS LITLLE ANGEL.






I completely agree!!

Judi - posted on 04/11/2009

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OK, I have to be a little more clear here. I had an epidural with my first who was breech and an emergency C-section. I hated the epidural. My next one was natural and not horrible at all. When it was time to push, the pressure told me what to do. With my third, I thought I was going to die and screamed bloody murder. With nubmer four, I was back to the way that my second was. So there is no way to know what each birth will feel like. Basically, for me, my stomach tightened and that's how I knew I was in labor. I knew it was hard labor when I had to stop and breathe. I only had the epidural with the first and had 3 VBAC's minus any drugs. I showed up early to the hospital the last time in hopes of getting an epidural and they spent 2 hours trying to send me home. By the time they realized I was telling the truth about being in labor, there wasn't enough time. My daughter was born an hour and a half later, on a holiday weekend, with no anesthesiologist in the building and the doctor arriving 15 minutes before I had her. In addition, no one else delivered that night in the hospital where I had her at all!!

Don't worry too much, that just makes it harder to push!!

Jaclyn - posted on 04/11/2009

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YOu want honesty right??  Well Im sure everyone experiences them differently...but for me, they started out as painful period cramps and then progressively got worse until it felt like someone was stabbing me over and over again.  My contractions got so close together...I was getting no relief...until I got the EPIDURAL...ahhhh, what a lifesaver!

Emma - posted on 04/10/2009

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Quoting Aurita:

What are contractions? I do not want the definition ..I want to know how they feel it...please




they are like waves of pain,some are stronger than others and yes it does hurt. They come and go like the ocean tide and they are strong. I never had an epidural with either of my children, not that i didnt want it i just couldnt see them sticking a needle in my spine.My 1st child i was enduced and that was harder because there was no break in between the contractions, they come continuously . My second was maybe 6 hrs total and my son was born 30mins after i got to the hospital it hurt but i labored by my self for 3-4 hours so if i can do it so can you and the second that you see that beautiful baby you totally forget the pain.Its sooooo worth it! 

Santana - posted on 04/10/2009

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You are crazy for wanting to no that scared the crap out of me i had a epidural as well.. the doctors tell you you will stilll feel the pain it just lessons it i say get it its awsome good luck gurlie!!

Meranda - posted on 04/10/2009

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Quoting Meranda:



I have 3 kids and with all 3 of my pregnancies I had to be induced and everyone told me that the contrations when you r induced r more painful so I know it hurts. I dont know the feeling of going into labor on your own but I know when a contraction was coming and it was kinda a period pain but the pain wasnt in my lower belly it was all over it hurt bad but i breathed and what i did to distract me from the pain was count the ceiling tiles that helped or looked at anything and started counting the dots,squares,lines anything and then the pain just stoped (for a couple of mins at least) but also i got an epidural everytime and i wouldnt have it any other way..... once i got to whatever centi. they said i asked for it ....it slowed down the labor but i said at least i am not hurting :)





I just read the comment above mine and i just want to make it clear that i am not suggesting you or anyone else getting an epidural.... I myself can not handle pain at all (i cut my finger alittle and i act like its the end of the world or something) and i know it sounds ridiculous but i just cant handle pain at all.... i was only 3 centi. and i couldnt stop crying it was hurting me that bad..... so if you can handle the pain (this is to everyone) dont get one but i was just telling my experiance when i had my kids.

Meranda - posted on 04/10/2009

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I have 3 kids and with all 3 of my pregnancies I had to be induced and everyone told me that the contrations when you r induced r more painful so I know it hurts. I dont know the feeling of going into labor on your own but I know when a contraction was coming and it was kinda a period pain but the pain wasnt in my lower belly it was all over it hurt bad but i breathed and what i did to distract me from the pain was count the ceiling tiles that helped or looked at anything and started counting the dots,squares,lines anything and then the pain just stoped (for a couple of mins at least) but also i got an epidural everytime and i wouldnt have it any other way..... once i got to whatever centi. they said i asked for it ....it slowed down the labor but i said at least i am not hurting :)

Kate CP - posted on 04/10/2009

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Quoting Janine Wiser:

Why do people find it necessary to suggest an epidural??? It's annoying!! I have got 3 children 2 of which were 9lb 5 1/2ounces, I had no pain refief at all and although lobour hurts it is the most natural thing in the world and your body has it's own way of coping with the pain, as long as you keep breathing properly you'll be fine and less likely to need an assisted delivery, because you can't feel when to push and how hard they have to tell you. Don't forget the birth is traumatic for your baby too and they have no reassurance so just keep thinking of every time you have a contraction which do feel like period cramps which make your tummy tighten that each one brings your baby closer to you. We need more natural births unless absolutly necessary, it's better for everyone and less traumatic. Hope all goes well for you.


*claps* Yay! I agree, too many women are just scared of child birth and the pain...doesn't help that there are those "educational" (read: scary as hell) birth shows on TLC and the like. I was induced with my daughter and I had no pain meds. Did it hurt? Oh, yea! But...it was just such a freeing experience. I felt so accomplished afterward. My OB still comments on how well I did and I gave birth over three years ago! Every labor and birth is different...but all so wonderful and special. I just hope every mommy gets to enjoy their birth as much as I enjoyed mine. :)

Rachel - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hi Aurita, I know how you feel i was unsure when expecting my first. I've had 4 now and i would say to start with it just feels like stomach ache - uncomfortable and twingy. It goes on to feel like you're being squeezed but it bulids up to a peak and trails off which is why gas and air was so effective well it was for me. I gave birth to each of mine on just gas and air - and i don't have a high pain threshold at all!

Ana - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hi! First of all, I would like to tell you that it will hurt, cause it's not easy to "take the wattermelon through the mouse hole" :) Don't be scared, it won't hurt like hell. You can feel contractions in your belly, in your lower back or both. I felt it in my lower back and it was like strong backhurt  or strong period cramps that lasted for cca. 1 min. Just learn how to breath properly because it can help a lot, and think of the baby instead of yourself, cause the baby is really having a hard time. Be realistic, don't  get attached to other women birth stories-there is only on You! It will all go well and you will have a beautiful child and you will be a beautiful mom! Take care :)

Elizabeth - posted on 04/10/2009

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They feel like you are gassy, and period cramps that make you want to curl in a ball.  Honestly, I can't even remember!  If you choose to get an epidural, you will be comfortable....I remember getting the epidural more I do the contractions.  Good luck, try to enjoy the experience!

Kathy - posted on 04/10/2009

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Believe me you will know - probably pain that you have never felt before. My thought at the time was this was a cruel joke. Once it's over its okay. Because I then did it a second time.

Kimberly - posted on 04/10/2009

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They fell very sharp and inn one specific spot. As time goes on they will become bigger pain and in size of the area. For some it will start in the back and others they will start in their stomaches. As they grow in intensity you will feel the need to want to push as if you have to go to the bathroom. This is when you need to call your OB!!! Your baby may be on the way. Hope I helped best reguards.

Dionna - posted on 04/09/2009

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i had a c section... but i was early so i had contractions til i was 4 and 1/2 cm dilated.... i think they feel like period cramps but worse... i really don't think they hurt as bad as some people say but everyone experiences them differently so i'm not sure.... i had really bad back pain as well as lower stomach pain and i could feel a little in my legs....i had twins so it took me like 2 weeks to dilate that far...

Crystal - posted on 04/09/2009

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they feel like really bad menstrual cramps, times 100, when they get 3-4 min apart head to the hospital

User - posted on 04/09/2009

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HONESTLY, IT DOES FEEL LIKE REALLY REALLY BAD CRAMPS THE TIGHTENING OF THE STOMACH , BUT DONT LISTEN TO PEOPLE SAYING TO NOT GET THE EPIDURAL. BECAUSE BELIEVE ME YOU'RE GOING TO NEED IT!!!!! ONCE YOU GET THE EPIDURAL ITS SMOOTH SAILING AFTER THAT. I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK AND JUST DONT THINK ABOUT IT , IT WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY. JUST SAY TO YOUR SELF IN THE END YOU WILL BE HOLDING YOU'RE PRECIOUS LITLLE ANGEL.

Val - posted on 04/09/2009

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It's like a tightness in your abdomen. like it's seizing up... or contracting :-) Some times it doesn't really hurt... you just kind of feel it. When it's pretty mild, it's probably Brackston-Hicks or false. However... I myself, went into labor and was having contractions, and didn't even realize it for a very long while. You will pretty much know it though, when you do experience it. :-)

Kirsty - posted on 04/09/2009

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Everyone is different and everyone has different contractions. I know that I did not feel a thing in my tummy at all throughout my labour. All of my contractions were in my back as the baby was spine to spine and putting pressure on my spine. They felt like really bad back pains that came and went but in the end they are well worth it. I didn't end up having any pain relief whatsoever and I survived. Just remember that your experience is your own and you choose how you deal with it in terms of pain relief etc

Heather - posted on 04/09/2009

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Quoting Heléna:

I was induced with both bregnancies so my contractions came on hard and fast both times. They take your breath away it does kinda feel like period pain and your somach will be harder than it ever has or will be. Everyone is different though, you could hardly tell when my sister was having them, she was fine, no drugs or anything. My advise is take a shot of pethadine when they first come on and suck up the gas while you are having them. (I wouldn't have an epidural though that scared me more than giving birth, each to their own tho) Good luck, the pain is soooo worth it.


As far as the epidural I was frightened of the epidural but I did infact have the epidural they did it right in the middle of a contraction so i never felt a thing. the epidural only numbed oneside at first then a nurse came in and told me a secret she learned along the way the side that was not numb she had me lay on that side in a matter of seconds the contractions were lessening and eventually i didnt feel a thing i felt slight pressure at the point when my daughter came out but i actually felt like i was able to enjoy it more. it didnt knock me for a loop so i was right there enjoying tired but awake and not in so much pain that i couldnt enjoy the birth of my child. before the epidural i just wanted it over but after the epidural i was actually able to sit back and enjoy the birth of my child however there are some women and i give them props!!! Are able to do it completely drug free!!! Just make sure you make your decision before you are to far into labor but no matter which way you decide let it be your decision and enjoy that baby!!!

Heather - posted on 04/09/2009

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With everyone contractions feel different but for the most part your stomach will become hard during the contraction you could have either front back or both contractions i personally have never had back contractions but when i had my munchkin they felt like a tightening, not going to lie to you painful pain almost like endometrosis. You aregoing to experience whats called braxton hixs they are just false labor so you will know what i mean by the tightened belly. Personally I wouldnt get your mind onto the contractions pregnancy is scary and the unknown makes it worse but when you hold your happy healthy baby you wont even remember the contractions!!! Good Luck and congratulations!!!!!

Tracey - posted on 04/09/2009

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they feel like the worst period cramps you ever had, then you feel fine, then they come again stronger and stronger!

User - posted on 04/09/2009

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It's a very tight feeling like you are REALLY nervous.  It doesn't start to really hurt until you are further dilated.  I subscribe to the theory that God gives you as much as you can handle.  Just try to go in with a positive outlook and you can predtermine the outcome.  Happy pregnancy!

Judi - posted on 04/09/2009

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Cosby puts it very well. Take you bottom lip and pull it over your head. It hurts. Be aware of the fact that even with an epidural, you can have points of severe pain. And then there's not getting one because you go to fast. Hope for really fast!

Kaysie - posted on 04/09/2009

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I just had my daughter four months ago but when I was about as far along as you are I was having contractions.... My stomach would get really hard and my back felt like it was pulsing we were all soooo sure I was going to have back labor for how my contractions felt when I would get a few. When I started having contractions that early it was because I was dehydrated but yes they do feel like someone is grabbing your belly and letting go....  GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!

Sonia - posted on 04/09/2009

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1st of all CONGRADULATIONS! 2nd every woman is different my sister had a HORRIBLE labor while i had an easy labor... hopefully yours wont be bad either but braxton hix u start feeling early thier the tightning of yoiur belly your body is doing little practice runs... but on the big day ur contractions might feel like bad cramps with the feeling of extreme gas or the feeling of having to poop... i did the epidoral and it did help i still felt the pressure of having a 8 lb baby squeeze out of me but it definately helps... make suer you ask for it early enough to late into ur labor and they can not give it to you .. much love, hope, and happiness

Sonia - posted on 04/09/2009

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1st of all CONGRADULATIONS! 2nd every woman is different my sister had a HORRIBLE labor while i had an easy labor... hopefully yours wont be bad either but braxton hix u start feeling early thier the tightning of yoiur belly your body is doing little practice runs... but on the big day ur contractions might feel like bad cramps with the feeling of extreme gas or the feeling of having to poop... i did the epidoral and it did help i still felt the pressure of having a 8 lb baby squeeze out of me but it definately helps... make suer you ask for it early enough to late into ur labor and they can not give it to you .. much love, hope, and happiness

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Contractions are like period cramps, just a lot more intense, but they do only last a couple minutes each. When they started getting really intense for me, about half an hour or so in, tha'ts when I got my epidural and 5 hours later, my daughter arrived :)

Shayna - posted on 04/09/2009

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every woman is definitely different some might have back labor pains while mine were definitely in my stomach. i was gave pitocin which probably made it a lot worse and had an unnormal labor. but i think that period cramps are nothing compared to labor honestly. For myself i felt like it (not to be gross) was like having diarrhea cramps but ten times worse with your whole stomach tighting up. but thats the type of pain that i could best describe and compare it as. good luck! and everyones definitely different

Lindsay - posted on 04/09/2009

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Contractions Fell like lower back menstral cramps. Also your belly tightens up really tight during one and then releases. You will know when you are having them. They take over your whole being. But I will tell you that is is easy until your water breaks! That's when the pain really kicks in! But I have done it twice! lol :) good luck!

Heléna - posted on 04/09/2009

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I was induced with both bregnancies so my contractions came on hard and fast both times. They take your breath away it does kinda feel like period pain and your somach will be harder than it ever has or will be. Everyone is different though, you could hardly tell when my sister was having them, she was fine, no drugs or anything. My advise is take a shot of pethadine when they first come on and suck up the gas while you are having them. (I wouldn't have an epidural though that scared me more than giving birth, each to their own tho) Good luck, the pain is soooo worth it.

Erron - posted on 04/09/2009

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I would definitly say period cramps at first but they grow FAR MORE INTENSE!!! Theres no good way to sugar coat it for ya hun it HURTS! BAD! Best wishes to you!!

Michaela - posted on 04/09/2009

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I found the contractions where worse than actually getting my daughter out of me :|



I Didnt have any pain releif with my daughter , I did get through it Ok. It wasnt as bad for me as people made out. But I won't lie the contractions did frigging hurt and they were very uncomfortable. They affected my back loads , the only way I could get through them was kneeling on all fours and panting like a mad woman until they passed.



I had a waterbirth , before I got in the pool the contractions were getting unbearable.. as soon as I got into the water I tell ya , the releif was amazing , so I find water helps alot with contractions. although saying that my bath made me worse because of the confided space... if I had another I would have a waterbirth again :)

Paula - posted on 04/09/2009

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hi ive had four kids its right they feel like period pains and they do get really bad but just to let u know its worth every bit of pain and u will sort of forget, it cant be that bad as i had mine at home with no drugs and i went on to have more! good luck and enjoy!!!!

Alice - posted on 04/09/2009

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Contractions are mild to strong pains in your stomach. Your stomach usually is hard while this is happening. As I previously stated they are mild to strong. The stronger they are the close you are to delivery. Best of Luck to You!

Cindy - posted on 04/09/2009

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it really depends on the woman for me it was like a roller coster feeling and if you like coasters your breathing during contractions will be easy and what ever discomfort you may have will not be as bad. the only pain that i really had was with my son he was up high and i was suppose to have twins one died and with one child still in my pelvic was not fully expanded so my pain came at that time when my pelvic was being stretched out while he was coming all i needed was a massage on the hip and i was fine

Kristi - posted on 04/08/2009

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When my epidural fell out, I experienced contractions for about an hour and a half. I was not in labor when they induced me due to hypertension. My contractions were in my back mostly. Partly, they felt like severe menstrual cramps, but for me, it felt like kidney stones. The intense pain that rises and falls in your side and back and back around to your belly as a kidney stone moves downward. I passed several after birth, and it was the same feeling!

Joce - posted on 04/08/2009

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Quoting Aurita:

What are contractions? I do not want the definition ..I want to know how they feel it...please




Sorry but I had to have a bit of a giggle at this as I too asked the same question pre-labour/burth!! This is like asking: "What does pineapple taste like?" Pineapple tastes like pineapple and contractions feel like contractions! From reading the posts, it has confirmed what I suspected -no two woman's contractions feel the same! I had a relatively short birth and contractions were intense from very early on, other friends had longer births where the contractions grew in intensity over a few hours.....



I guess my contractions felt a bit like the stomach cramping you get before a bought of diarrhea but sooooooo much more intense! The beauty is that labour contractions always peak and then fade away! The pushing contractions are a whole different kettle of fish and to me felt like painful, involuntary spasms where it hurts like hell but you just can't help yourself from pushing. I actually preferred the earlier contractions to the pushing stage which I found almost too much to cope with!



The one thing to remember is that you aren't suffering pain for pains sake. Every contraction is one contraction closer to having your beautiful baby in your arms!!



Best of luck! xoxo

Bridget - posted on 04/08/2009

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well i'm sure everyone's said it already... lol.... mine started out like period cramps. they got progressively longer and stronger as time went by (i'm talking like 10x your worse period cramps)... and as my contractions progressed, it also kind of felt like my uterus was on fire, if that makes any sense at all.

Lisa - posted on 04/08/2009

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Quoting Jessica:



All of this epidural pushing is BS.  If you want it, then go for it, but you don't have to have one.  I did an all natural birth and it was amazing.  Contractions feel different for every woman & every labor, so don't let all of this "most painful experience of my life" comments scare you.  My labor wasn't, and yours might not be either.






Anyway, if you want pain relief then get it.  But if you don't want it then don't be scared by all of this fear-mongering.





Hi have to agree with Jessica here.



Don't let everyone elses stories scare you.  My labour happened to fast for me to get epidurals.



Also it will get tough near the end not because it hurts more, but because the contractions are so close you don't really get a break, after that peak it almost feels like a relief (at least to me) and then you start pushing.



 



One more thing dialation also is different for everyone. When I went in to my doctors appointment just before I had my first I was already 3cm dialated and 75% effaced. (went into labour the next day)



With my first my water didn't break until I was pushing him out, with my second my water broke first.

Brenda - posted on 04/08/2009

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IT FEELS DIFFERENT TO EVERYONE, BUT FOR ME IT FELT LIKE SOMEONE PUSHED REALLY HARD ON THE TOP OF MY STOMACH, AND THEN THE SENSATION RAN DOWN TOWARDS MY PELVIS. IF YOU HAVE BACK LABOR IT IS MORE PAINFUL. A TRICK THAT WORKED FOR ALL THREE OF MY CHILDREN IS: ON YOUR LOWER BACK FEEL FOR A SMALL SPOT OF FAT JUST ABOVE YOUR BUTT. HAVE YOUR BIRTH PARTNER MASSAGE THIS AREA REALLY HARD BUT STERN WITH THE PALM OF THEIR HAND DURING CONTRACTIONS! IT WAS A GODSEND FOR EACH ONE! I HAD ALL OF MINE NATURAL AND PLAN TO DO THIS AGAIN. I WISH YOU ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD.



BRENDA~

Lori - posted on 04/08/2009

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Contractions feel like someone stuck a knife in your belly and is twisting it around. Im being honest with you. I had an epidural with my first and felt nothing but pressure. With my second I couldnt have the epidural. I had demirol and felt everything!! I feel asleep between contractions. My belly got very hard and for me the pain was excrutiating. You forget about the pain as soon as you see that precious baby in your arms. If you are nervous get the epidural.

Lori - posted on 04/08/2009

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Contractions feel like someone stuck a knife in your belly and is twisting it around. Im being honest with you. I had an epidural with my first and felt nothing but pressure. With my second I couldnt have the epidural. I had demirol and felt everything!! I feel asleep between contractions. My belly got very hard and for me the pain was excrutiating. You forget about the pain as soon as you see that precious baby in your arms. If you are nervous get the epidural.

Jackie - posted on 04/08/2009

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OMG, it felt like for me, fire!!! fire in my belly tightening like someone tightening a rope and burning, but l;ucky buddy it doesn't last forever even thou it feels like forever lol but your'll have a story to tell your child anyway no matter what.... good luck and take care... best part about the whole pregnancy thing is your boobs get bigger lol...



 



Jax

Alamein - posted on 04/08/2009

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Contractions are similar to strong period cramps. The pain gradually builds as labour progresses. Every women copes with them differently. Personally I tried gas which didn't do anything but make me want to vomit plus it makes you thristy. In all honestly when the midwife told me to push as each contraction happened I felt the pain go away.



Don't focus on the pain aspect of the birth part too much. As long as you have an excellent mid-wife/doctor & a really supportive partner you'll be fine. It's also really good when the mid-wife/doctor gets your partner involved. Mine did and it was so rewarding for the both of us. For e.g. he wiped my head with a cool cloth, massaged my back.



I wish you all the best with the birth of your baby.

Gemma - posted on 04/08/2009

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Nobody can really prepare you for what your birth is going t belike because everyones birth is different, for me they were like really really strong period pains, everybody is different it depends on your pain threshold to how you cope with them i just had gas and air and pethadine, i was in labour all night and by morning i felt like i wanted an epiduaral because i was so tired not because of the pain in the end i was too far dialated for an epidural and im so glad i didnt because i could get up and walk around nearly straight after the birth. Dont be scared to ask for pain relief either gas and air is brilliant but drink water with it because it makes your mouth dry and i made the mistake of drinking pepsi and it made me sick but i had gas and air all the way through even though i was sick. Hope Everything goes ok and good luck.

Linda - posted on 04/08/2009

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I'm sorry, I am confused about this post. Did you have an epidural or did you have your baby natural?  You may have had a vaginal delivery, but if you had an epidural, you did not have natural childbirth. Natural childbirth does not include an epidural.

Melissa - posted on 04/08/2009

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I had my first baby Feb 1 2009, and i had back labour, wich felt like a red hot rod being shoved up my spine, i felt nothing in my stomach

Kathy - posted on 04/08/2009

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they affect everyone differently they are stronger in some women then others but in my case it was like period cramps only like 100 times stronger.they are very uncomfrotable and can move from your back to your stomach.

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