From the article: True Labor versus False Labor
Everyone describes contractions differently. Some say it's sharp pain, others say dull and crampy. Do contractions feel anything like Braxton Hicks Contractions from pregnancy? Being prepared for any kind of pain is difficult to do, but some readers help give you advice on what to expect from labor and delivery. Share Your Experience
Every Pregnancy is Different!
- I am currently 33 weeks pregnant with my fourth child. All of my pregnancies have had similarities and differences. My first pregnancy (a girl) was a breeze up until labor. I was induced at 38 weeks. At the time I still had a small teenagers body and the doc was worried that the baby had stopped growing and needed to be delivered while healthy. My labor was not easy. I was in labor over 24 hours. I had an epidural not once but twice. They missed on the first try and the second was effective only on the contractions, I felt everything else. Since I didn't feel the contractions I can not say how intense they were. I was in the hospital four days and did not realize it at the time but was hallucinating. Little girl weighed 6 lbs 3 oz. My second pregnancy (another girl) was a bit more rough. I had preterm labor three times and my water broke at 36 weeks. After the horror of my first labor I opted to not have an epidural this time. I was in labor 12 hours, had no major complications and ba
- —Guest Misty
- As from what I know C-sections are much worse. Than natural birth, to bring your child into the world normal is the best, I had unplanned C-section 1st time around due to failed induction and boy oh boy I thought walking won't be a option for me anymre, I wanted natural with baby 2 but due to preeclampsia and failed labour had a another C-section so obvious baby 3 will be butchered out of me too! Stick to natural ladies God intended it that way its not hard at all if u can! Good luck mommies!
- —Guest Bellabotman
Im dead scared
- I can only describe contractions as a deep dull ache and about a 100 times more intense than a period pain. Its something that has to be experienced. No one can just imagine what its like without experiencing it and thats why I get mildly irritated that the men will never know what its like. They will see you at deaths door and back again and then will turn around and say 'it wasn't too bad last time'! Grrrrrr! I am 35 weeks pregnant with my 2nd. Had a bad first experience so very scared. Just want it over with now. Im so scared and I cant believe that ive gotta go through this again. Sorry if im making any mum to be out there scared too but im terrified. Cant even sleep :( Wish me luck
- —Guest Very Scared
- If you went to the gym and really worked your body to it's limit the next day you may be in so much pain waiting for your muscles to calm down Well that's like labour . Now you don't question the pain from the gym so don't question labour pain just go with it .Think of your dear baby trying its best to get into your arms
- —Guest Margaret Osgood
Birth -- The greatest gift
- No two woman will give birth the same I have 5 children , 4 home births and fairly long labours but ask yourself if it was that bad woman would only go through it once . The key is to understand your body, listen to your midwife and RELAX
- —Guest Margaret Osgood
- The only way to describe them is like a pounding in the midsection that builds in intensity. They are predictable in that you can feel one coming on, but you don't know how painful each one will be- and just as soon as it comes, it will taper off again. Focus on the rhythm & getting through each one breathing and moving WITH your body however it wants to. You'll never NOT predict a really painful one because the one before will always be less-or equal to the most painful. Just when u think it cant get any worse, it'll be time to push! it's like: level 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3,3 (breathe) 3, 2, 2, 1, 1....-Stretch a/o walk-...Ten mins later: 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4... 4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 1... And maybe next one will be the same.... What u WANT is for them to get more intense & closer in time because that means labor is progessing & you're dilating and can push soon. Real ones aren't like BH where boom there's a contraction. No, real ones are rhythmic/predictable. I'm 34 wks today w/ #5. Breathe
- —Guest Angel
- I am 39 weeks and actually in the hopistal right now . I was dilated at 4 and they admitted me and my dr will be here in the morning . This is my first child and I'm scared shitless . I've had contractions for about 2 days and tries to wait out because I was supposed to get induced tommorrow morning . I think I am freaking myself reading about labor pain online . The contractions I have so far have been very very painful but I have a low pain Tolorance . They are bearable but but very painful I can't talk during them . It feels like a rubberband pulling and squeezing in . I know they are gonna get a lot worse . I am hoping I fall asleep soon to get some relief . I just got some pain med it was a shot in the butt but it did help . It made them bearable but it's still very bad pain . The only thing that helps me is breathing and just thinking it only takes a min to get thorough it then I get some relief. But I'm sure ill feel worse :(
- —Guest Ashley
- being having light contraction since morning on my lower abdomen. Its not really painfull , guess its false labor, am in my 39th week though. Cant wait for the real labor to set in cos i cant wait to carry my baby.
- —Guest amy
- Iv been having period like pains for over a week now, I had a doctors apt yesterdat after the week of pains and back aching and I am in fact in pre term labour. Since I am only 32 weeks I am on bedrest hoping to give the baby more time to develope her lungs. However, heres my question! The doctor said to come in if they intensify, water breaks, mucas plug OR they get closer together. Since its not like an actual cramp and is more like a nawingconstant pain im having a hard time knowing how to time them? Could someone please help me with this?
- —Guest chelsea
- I am 40wks today with baby number 6 ! I have survived pregnancy and 5 births so far despite having a fear of being sick, somehow I manage to get through this while of. I had pethedine with my first and it made me feel awful so I had nothing with my other 4. I am only petite and my babies have varied in size my last was 8lb 13 and it did hurt but I made it through, I've been told this one should be around 6.5 so hoping he will be easier though he's given me a rough ride so far ! Knowing that the pain won't last forever and that at the end I get to meet my beautiful baby is what gets me through. There's no denying it hurts and is not my finest moment but wouldn't be having my 6th if it wasn't manageable. Good luck to all the expectant mums out there.
- —Guest mummymo
painful but joyful
- With my first pregnancy everything th at could go wrong went wrong. I got the epidural well it didn't work. They poked me four times in the back with that thing. All it done was put me in worse pain. It left a baseball size knot and bruise on my back. And I could taste the medicine in my mouth because they pumped me so full of it. Ended up throwing up and was in labor for 33 hrs. After having her she had used the bathroom in her sac and in my uterus. So we both had to have antibiotics. They ran a cord down her throath into her stomach to clean her out. They took the epidural out of my back and it was bent like a fish hook. It was suppose to be straight. Not to mention the blood loss I had. Well with baby number two I refused medicine and liked to never got through it. She was bigger than my first baby was. They sit me up put me sideways layed me down some etc. To get me to dilate 3 more cm to have her it wasn't happening just like it didn't with my first. They had to thin my cervix out
- —Guest grace
- Well with my first I was in active labour for 26 hours the first was 18 hours of getting from 2 cms to 7 1/2 then 7 hours of getting to ten then one hour of pushing every few minutes with the largest tear being 8 cms the most painful part for me was the tearing but the whole thing was excruciating without drugs my second pregnancy was 1 hour of back to back contractions and 2 pushes I had gas for this one to help me breathe with the non stop contractions this was also very painful but not as painful as my first I'm now eagerly awaiting my third and am 22 weeks and have been experiencing bra ton hicks now for three days on and of which I had with both my other children these have varied in pain from none to sharp cramps hope this is helpful ps I screamed through the last hour of my first but with my second I only cried out for the first few contraction
- —Guest Rachael
Terrible, but doable
- I had my little guy 13 months ago. I'm kinda small, 5'3" so I thought it might be more difficult for me. Apparantly I have good baby hips or something, cuz from the first contraction to the second he was born, was a total of about 7 hours. The first 5 were really tough, but bearable if I rocked on the ball thing they have. The 6th hour for me was terrible, it quickly got worse and worse and the whole 7th hour was excruciating. But I'm really not crazy about medicines, they freak me out. So I bared down and pushed him out in 5 pushes the very second I felt like it was time! Some advice to moms to be? Do whatever you need to do to stay calm and try not to freak out too much. If your calm I think that makes it alot easier.
- —Guest First Time Mommy
Everyone is different
- I agree w another poster that there are some very judgemental comments on here. If braxton hicks are uncomfortable or painful for u it does not mean u have a "very low pain tolerance". This is my fourth child & every pregnancy has been different. I've had very different deliveries as well....from induction, to natural, to epidural that only took on half my body. Every experience, even from the same mommy, is different. I am 22 weeks along & already having Braxton hicks which are very uncomfortable. Not painful (like actual labor pains) but the tightening does stop me from whatever I am doing until it stops. This is a new experience for me. Unlike one posters comment, I actually have a very high pain tolerance, but it is something new & intense happening w my body. Please try to enjoy every aspect of ur pregnancy....the easy, the painful, the little kicks & movements, the Braxton hicks & yes, even the actual labor. It goes by so quick!
- —Guest Everyone is different
Tryna keep it COOL ;)
- I have now been through my whole 40weeks in labour, im actually 1 and a half weeks over due, supposed to be getting induced this tuesday, but my stubourn baby decides she wants to come a day before hand. haha Contractions are deffinately painful would say more in my back and thigh region and stomach n pelvis mussel tightnings are quite herendious -.- But i rekon if you control your breathing & you have the loving support of your own family surrounding you with comfort. everything will be sweet as ;) oh and a pair of extra great massaging hands hehe carnt wait till my babygirl arrives, second baby contractions getting closer and still hava nuff strength to comment! ;) mean
- —Guest Dommy
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