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12 Women Share What a Contraction Really Feels Like

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As your pregnant physique begins to take form and your due date attracts nearer, you may most likely end up questioning what labor and contractions are going to really feel like. Should you’ve not skilled them, the concept of “excessive ache” may be horrifying.

However no two girls are the identical, and no two girls can describe what a contraction really appears like for anybody else. And, whereas they’re painful, they’re normally painful with the completely satisfied ending of a child in your arms, so even most girls who describe it because the worst ache ever will inform you it is price it.

Contractions, for me, felt like nothing I would ever skilled earlier than. They seem to be a bizarre ache that radiate throughout your stomach like a leg cramp, however throughout. It was painful, however it’s exhausting to match to different causes of ache as a result of this one I knew was going to occur.

Should you’re questioning what labor contractions really feel like, since no girl experiences it the identical, listed here are 12 descriptions from 12 girls who’ve skilled them firsthand.


“Labor pains felt like being struck by lighting, first coming periodically and leaving me befuddled (why would I do that to myself?) and pondering my agonizing future (why me, Lord?), after which constantly giving me little doubt that my future was full of doom.

“I swore I’d always remember the sensation, and [I] centered on remembering the ache. Then, swiftly, it was over, and there was this stunning fuzzy-headed little boy, who will need to have include an unheard clap of thunder that completely erased any actual reminiscence of the agony.” – P.D.

Flu aches

“With my two women, the ache was all within the backside half of my again — nearly just like the flu with physique aches, however centralized in my again. That is the way it began. Because it progressed, the ache was in the direction of the entrance with extreme cramps and burning. When the child was prepared to return out, the ache was excruciating, and I positively wanted to carry onto one thing. That is precisely what my hubby was for. By the point we have been finished, his hand was black and blue from [my] holding it so exhausting.

“For my boy, I did not have the again ache; nevertheless, the ache was much more excruciating than the [girls’ births]. Ever watch the film Alien? Properly, it felt like an alien was ripping via my abdomen with its humongous head as a result of it was misplaced and could not discover its method via the tunnel. I positively wanted an epidural for that beginning, which was the very best feeling on this planet after it took impact.” — Lillian

Extreme cramps

“I did not anticipate labor to really feel like actually extreme menstrual cramps. And that is precisely what it felt like. The cramping feeling received stronger and extra extreme as labor progressed. I additionally had again labor, which felt like sturdy, capturing decrease again ache that lasted for about 1.5 minutes. I did not understand I used to be in labor till I used to be experiencing this again ache each seven minutes.” — Julie


“An unrelenting menstrual cramp.” – Wendi

Needing to poop

“Menstrual cramps/needing to poop occasions a billion.” – Monica

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No comparability

“Cannot examine it to something! Simply have to focus and get via every contraction. I used to be amazed how shortly I forgot concerning the ache, although.” – Holly

Backbone ripped out

“I had all again labor and, greater than as soon as, in contrast it to having my backbone ripped out of my, um, bottom.” – Terra

Muscle soreness

“For me, contractions have been one thing in between … exercising with sturdy muscle soreness and a cramp you expertise in a leg generally. However many occasions tougher.”


“Overwhelming menstrual cramps that you simply really feel throughout your abdomen, not simply in your decrease stomach. That does not even actually do them justice, although.” – Devon


“I’d agree with the considered the very strongest menstrual cramp, however radiating all through your entire decrease physique and again. It makes you are feeling a bit of numb and unable to do the rest.” – Christina

Frustration as ache

“Envision pushing a soccer although a key gap. Now after attempting for 12-24 hours, consider the frustration you’re experiencing. Now convert that frustration to ache, and that is just about how I describe labor.” – Kelly

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Being skinned

“Being peeled like a banana or, extra vividly, skinned like a useless animal.” – Lori

How would you describe what a contraction appears like? Share within the feedback!

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