Several women told us that their contractions were more like a feeling of firmness than a convulsive sensation. During the push phase, you will especially feel a strong feeling of expulsion with (and sometimes between) contractions, a feeling very similar to having to do it. It is not uncommon for contractions to slow down a bit during this period and rest in between. Some people say it is pleasant or relieving pressure to press during these contractions. “I felt contractions during the push, which were pretty bad, but by pressing them, they stopped hurting.” Your belly stretches together. Labor pain involves a large muscle contraction along your abdomen. “There is an uncomfortable tightening in the stomach during labor, where the whole stomach is hard,” says Dr. du Treil. If your abdomen hardens every time you have pain, it`s probably a contraction, not a gas. Named after an English doctor, Braxton Hick`s contractions are essentially “warm-up” contractions. They are completely normal and usually start in the second trimester. Often you feel a rapid hardening or tightening of the uterus, which is usually felt in the front.

Dehydration or exertion can attract them. You can feel more at night, especially after a long day. “The work looks like Charley horses in the lower abdomen.” Labor contractions have a rhythm. “They develop a pattern of labor contractions, where they come every four to five minutes and gradually become stronger,” says Paul du Treil, MD, director of maternal and child health at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. So take out the stopwatch and find out at regular intervals if the pain is coming. Let me tell you that I was not prepared. I had a stiff, non-medical delivery with my son, and during the short hours of labor I was going through, it was as if a freight train hit my chassis and I looked at my nurse, convinced that I had to either push my baby out at that time or I was about to take the most epic of all time. I`ve never felt anything like it. After checking me out, she followed me to the bathroom and sat there while I did my business, blessing her heart and the relief was amazing. “I felt like someone was stabbing me in the buttocks and hips from the inside.

I had no back or stomach pain. “The epidural anesthesia didn`t get rid of everything as I had hoped. I felt the pressure of each contraction and the pain of the coronation. “I could feel every contraction go up, build and build, then reach its peak and descend. When the contraction was over, I felt perfectly fine. I felt like I had to take a huge one! Honest! The pressure was crazy! “I felt like my body knew what to do and I went with the river. I think being anxious contributes a lot to pain levels. As the fear dissipated, the pain became less exhausting. Labor is certainly not a trip to the beach, but many women have described a ripple effect with their contractions.

“It was like being hit in the back and abdomen at the same time, but only when the epidural anesthesia subsided.” In some cases, labor contractions seemed significantly sharper than boring. Let`s break down six types of contractions you can expect before, during, and after childbirth. Things increase in active labor, with contractions getting closer to each other, about 4-5 minutes apart and lasting about 30 seconds to a minute. This is usually when your doctor or midwife suggests it`s a good time to go to the birthplace of your choice – when the contractions are strong, regular and progressive (getting closer to each other). Most people experience these types of contractions as painful, both in the front and back of the uterus. There`s more going on “out there.” Contractions are usually accompanied by a variety of other symptoms. “Bloody mucus or a change in vaginal discharge increases the likelihood that it`s real work and not a false alarm,” says Bart Putterman, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Texas Children`s Pavilion for Women in Houston. We did our best and asked nearly 1,000 babycenter moms to tell us about their own birth experiences, from painful birth to contractions felt. Every job is different — and no one can predict what yours will look like — but hearing about the similarities of the mothers who have been there can familiarize you with the possibilities. “Pushing was terrible, like I was clogged a hundred times and trying to push a baby out of my buttocks!” “My contractions were like menstrual cramps on steroids.” “After epidural anesthesia, it was like so much pressure. I was surprised to feel compelled to have a bowel movement rather than pressure into the vagina.

Not only are contractions necessary to expel the placenta immediately after the baby, but the uterus continues to contract after birth as it regains its size before pregnancy (this is called involution). Breastfeeding can also trigger contractions after birth. Known as post-pain, they are stronger two to three days after birth. That’s the way it goes! “My back hurt terribly. I didn`t have contractions in my stomach like you see in the movies. The only way to really understand what the job looks like is to experience it – a bit of a catch-22 for beginners who want to know what to expect! “I made jokes between contractions. I had a great time and I wasn`t afraid. “My contractions looked like muscle spasms and weren`t very painful.” “There was certainly a burning sensation during the coronation, but I cried, and it made me feel so much better, whether you believed it or not.” There are a host of sensations that accompany the work. It`s really remarkable. I don`t think the human body feels as fast as it does from the first contraction to complete healing. Most sensations are expected, and you are prepared for them.

You understand that the work will hurt and that there are countless types of pain. However, some sensations are less understood because women do not talk about them. How work sometimes goes hand in hand with a ton of rectal pressure. You may be wondering, after experiencing Braxton Hicks, if any real contractions are leaving you? Because you didn`t notice it with the bad contractions. “I was induced and received my epidural anesthesia early, so I only felt slight contractions. Everything was quite easy! “Each contraction looked like a wave of pain that rose, peaked and fell. Why on earth doesn`t anyone tell you that? There is no introduction to this topic in your fifth grade sex education class if they lead you to watch this horrible video about childbirth. This woman in The Miracle of Life didn`t take any from the table, and you didn`t see a friendly work nurse accompany her to soak painfully on the toilet because oh the holy gods of Atlantis, you must poop now. It`s not in the pretty pink and blue literature of your obstetrics-gynecology practice, and they don`t tell you about it during your appointments either – at least not mine. “The contractions made it feel like my whole body was tightening.” Your baby can disrupt your digestive system. First of all, there is morning sickness.

Then, when hormones slow down the digestive process and your growing baby starts pushing everything into your abdomen, you can end up with gas, indigestion, and a whole host of other unappetizing problems. Real. If you are pregnant, there are abdominal problems in abundance. But how do you know if that unpleasant feeling in your stomach signals your baby`s impending arrival — or just if your burrito is causing problems at lunchtime? Here`s how to tell if you have contractions or gases. .