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What did your contractions feel like?
at the very start of your labour?


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#1 gugububs

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

Where they painless, just felt like a braxton hicks but regular ? How long until they started getting painful?

TIA



#2 Bluenomi

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

Mine felt like period cramps for about 30 seconds or so about 15 mins apart. Within a few hours they were 5 mins apart and much stronger!

I never had braxton hicks so can't compare it to those

#3 Blairizz

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

Mine were nothing like BH - for me BH are uncomfortable in that they kind of take your breath away a bit, but they don't hurt. Real labour contractions IME had a build up, and at their peak were a very sharp pain in my pelvic area (similar to but a lot stronger than the pains you might get if you have a bad case of diarrhoea).

#4 mel43

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:46 PM

Yes, for me they were just like braxton hicks/tightenings.
With DD1 they got painful when they did the ARM, at around 8cm.
With DD2 I didn't know I was in proper labour until I got to the hospital (passed a big clot at 32wks) and apparently I was 10cm dilated.

I don't think I'm normal though wink.gif

#5 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

Really bad lower back pain.

#6 Blairizz

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

QUOTE (mel43 @ 05/02/2013, 03:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, for me they were just like braxton hicks/tightenings.
With DD1 they got painful when they did the ARM, at around 8cm.
With DD2 I didn't know I was in proper labour until I got to the hospital (passed a big clot at 32wks) and apparently I was 10cm dilated.

I don't think I'm normal though wink.gif


Umm, I'll take a labour like that this time please original.gif

#7 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

QUOTE (Chief Pancake Make @ 05/02/2013, 04:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Really bad lower back pain.


exactly this for me- horrific back pain, nothing like what I was expecting!

#8 tres-chic

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

Mine felt like a ruthlessly efficient internal vice...I didn't have any sharp pains but very intense, dull pain if that makes sense.

But I was induced and had a lot of bad luck with the birth, happy ending though.  smile1.gif

#9 Juju38

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

I had loads and loads of BH for weeks leading up to labour.  Labour contractions for me felt NOTHING like BH.

My contractions started at 1.5 mins apart and were excruciating from the get go (baby born 2.5 hours later).  What shocked me was the contraction pain was all across the pelvic floor area.  I always imagined they would be right across the bump and up high too.  My labour was precipitous, so not really the normal contraction pain you get in the early stages where they go from mild to strong over time.

I had no back pain.  Sounds like each person's experience is different.

#10 I'msoMerry

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:04 PM

For me it was like a normal period pain only a million times worse. Starting up high and radiating down my thighs. Full blown labour I felt I would die because I couldnt stand it.

#11 noi'mnot

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

Nothing like BH, which for me are more a tensioning or tightening across the whole bump.

Contractions were like severe period or severe food poisoning type pain, but deeper in my abdomen and sometimes reaching around to my back. All across the lower part of my bump, then spreading upwards.

#12 vertical

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

With my first I went to the toilet at midnight, there was a thud as my waters broke and I think bubs head dropped right down.
From that moment I had terrible pain across my abdomen coming every 2 mins and was at hosp 30 mins later.



#13 CharliMarley

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:11 PM

With my first baby, I rang the hospital to ask if they felt like period pain. "Yes, she said, so you can come in if you feel uncomfortable at home. Of course I went in, but bubs wasn't born for another 10 hours. I didn't know what to expect the first time. unsure.gif

#14 Feral_Pooks

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

I didn't have painless ones. Not that I was aware of.

It felt a bit like the cramps you get with really bad diarrhea at first, coming and going.

Well, you did ask...

Nothing like period pain, to me, and with endometriosis I know period pain quite well.



#15 Cuddlesnkisses

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

Strange, you body pushes and pulls inside and you cant control it, I would describe it like having uncontrollable diarrhea accept it's a bowling ball.  22 long long hours of it.

#16 Peppery

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

Like someone was stabbing me in the spine with a knife and twisting, between contractions felt like intense back pain but the contractions really ramped up the knife twisting feeling

Posterior baby

#17 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

I wish mine felt like really bad period pain or back pain, that is what I expected labour to be like. It was definately different to the across the belly tightening of BH.

Mine felt like someone was stabbing a knife into my cervix from inside my uterus. They started off lasting about 30 seconds and were about being about 10 min apart the contractions got longer during the night and a bit closer together. This lasted for 6 days, getting worse on ocasion. On the 6 day they were even more painful, if that was possible, so I went to hospital that night and was 6 cm dilated. Due to the all day pain I had not more than about  half an hour sleep a day for a week.

I rang the hospital 3 times during that week, the first time they said to come in when they were 5 min about, next they told me to come in when they were 3 min apart and the 3rd time they said it was ligament pain and to take Panadene. This WAS NOT ligament pain. I saw my obs the morning of the night I went to hospital and he said next time they got worse to just go in.

#18 SierraX

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

QUOTE (Peppery @ 05/02/2013, 04:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Like someone was stabbing me in the spine with a knife and twisting, between contractions felt like intense back pain but the contractions really ramped up the knife twisting feeling


That describes mine to a tee.

I think early labour felt a little like BH but I KNEW I was in labour when the stabbing up the rear end started!

#19 Natttmumm

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

Mine were like when you have bad gastro pains. They were every 6 minutes and I couldn't have walked or talked through them. I had to hang on to something. That's when I got the epidural.

#20 mewsings

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

QUOTE
My labour was precipitous, so not really the normal contraction pain you get in the early stages where they go from mild to strong over time.

I had no back pain.  Sounds like each person's experience is different.


This is me -twice.  DD was posterior and compound (born with her hand on side of her face) and I had the urge to push from the beginning - the second contraction had me fall to the floor on my hands and knees it was so strong and so sudden. 2 hours 20 minutes for her.

DS was only 5 massive contractions from start to finish, which was 40 minutes. 5 minutes before the first one I was sweeping the floors I felt so normal.   I apparently don't feel anything until transition and then it's all stations go.  Both planned homebirths, although DS ended up a freebirth.  

Hopefully yours is a little less intense OP !

#21 raven74

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

In all honesty?
Like being simultaneously slowly gutted and slammed in the back with nail studded 2x4 for 90 seconds of a 2min contraction cycle.
Induced, posterior.  Pushing was a massive relief!

#22 Duck-o-lah

Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Mine were similar to my BH. As pp's have described, a combo of intense period pain and oncoming gastro.

I could tell the difference when the time came, I can't explain it but I just knew they were different.

#23 againagain

Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:09 PM

My second labour felt like Braxton Hicks. To the point where my husband was saying "are you sure they're not contractions, they're coming often" and I was like "nahhhhh just braxtons". She was born about 30 minutes later. Good thing my waters broke first and we were already half way to the hospital or she would have been born in the car.

#24 happyapple

Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:09 PM

Mine were uncomfortable tightenings in a band not unlike Braxton hicks, 5 minutes apart from the beginning. For 2 hours they were just making me restless, then they quickly escalated and bub arrived an hour later.

So they sort of started like regular cramps.

#25 GamerMum

Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

My pre labour contractions were all low, frontal and like horrifically bad period pain (for two weeks straight!). Same place as my BH's but horrifically worse. I knew real labour had started when it felt like my spine was going to explode straight out of my back, or all my organs would fall out my butt, or both at the same time. I dealt with those pains for 8 hours with nurses telling me it was just a muscle spasm because of where DD was sitting.




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