What Do Labor Contractions Feel Like?


Are you pregnant for the first time, It’s alright to be a little anxious or worried when nearing your due date. You have many questions related to your pregnancy like when labor will start and how do contractions feel like? How long contractions last with me?

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As a mother, I can assure you every mother’s experience is going to differ but a close image as to what contractions feel like can be pictured.

Different Labor Contractions Feel Like?

Braxton-Hicks Contractions, A.K.A., False Labor

After four months of pregnancy, you start to feel your uterus contracting from time to time. These contractions tightening of the uterus muscles for one or two minutes. This added body is preparing for birth.

What Braxton Hicks Contraction feel like?

These contractions are referred to as ‘Practice contractions’ because these contractions help your body to prepare for the real birth process and let you practice breathing and contraction exercises that were taught to you in the childbirth classes (if you have attended).

Braxton Hicks are described as:-
  • Not so painful
  • these have not a regular pattern
  • infrequent last for a few minutes
  • These only poke you and vanish
  • These make you uncomfortable
  • Non-rhythmic
  • usually stops when you change your position

Cause Braxton Hicks labor contractions:-

Doctors, physicians, and midwives emphasize these contractions as a crucial part of your labor & contractions. These tones the uterine muscles facilitates good blood flow to the placenta.

Brixton hick contractions will intensify in the coming third trimesters and called also labor.

Braxton Hicks’s labor contractions are triggered because of the following

  • When someone touches your belly
  • you feel the bladder is full
  • After having sex
  • Dehydration

What to do to avoid Braxton Hicks?

  • Change position of sitting and standing
  • By taking a warm bath.
  • Drinking sufficient water to stay hydrated.
  • Drink up warm milk or herbal tea.

If home remedies do not work wellhead to your doctor and get a piece of good advice to get rid of these.

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Back Labor: Causes, Complications, and Prevention

Giving birth is like climbing Mount Everest, the discomfort of different contraction can overwhelm any mom. The back labor concentrations get a bit challenging but nothing to worry you can handle these contractions easily.

Back labor contraction occurs when the baby’s head pressure against your spine because the baby also works hard inside the womb to get prepared for coming out in the world.

The pregnant body feels slight cramping in the lower but many complain about severe discomfort in the lower back that becomes intense on the due date.

Pregnant mothers often feel back cramps. Some are mild and others bring severe discomfort to the lower back. These often intensify nearing the due date.

Techniques that will re-position your baby

  • Walking make it easy to improve the baby position
  • Squatting and lunging slowly
  • Bouncing on a birth ball always good advice for back labor pain
  • Sit on a chair or the toilet seat comfortably
  • Leaning against a wall
  • avoid lying on your back as it put more pressure on your spinal cord.

Techniques to ease discomfort

  • Use warm or cold compression on your lower back to ease off the pain.
  • Strong counter-pressure with the help of midwife or doula
  • Taking a hot bath or birth pool is always a good idea.
  • Roll a tennis ball or cold water bottle on your back
  • Live in contact with midwife or doula,

Back Labors Can Cause Complications to the baby and the mother.

Back labor doesn’t harm. You experience these because your baby is in an odd position in the womb

An unhealthy body weight can intensify your back pain. Check your BMI and eat/exercise accordingly.

Back labor contractions are caused due to baby’s odd position, below are some steps to improve the favorable positions. You can ask your midwives, health care provider to help you out.

  • Do pelvic tilts-Get on your hands and knees, lean over, or crouching. This exercise helps to loosen the ligaments and relives your back pain.
  • ¬†sitting or bouncing on the birth ball/exercise ball helps great.
  • don’t sit for a long time on the chair.
  • Massage from a professional or midwife throughout your pregnancy.

Preterm Labor Contractions

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If you feel regular contraction before 37 weeks of the pregnancy, they might be a sign of premature labors that can result in pre-term babies. It may be a sign of premature labor known as preterm labor.

If these contractions have a regular pattern like 10 to 12 minutes every hour, that means you experience preterm labor.

Some of the symptoms are, your abdomen will feel harder when you touch it. Your uterus will tighten as well.

  • a dull backache
  • Pressured pelvis
  • you can even feel pressure in your abdomen
  • you feel cramps

If you experience vaginal bleeding, diarrhea, oral water discharge with cramps immediately call your doctor, these signs may indicate that your water has broken.

These risk factors are associated with preterm labors:

  • It can either be multiple pregnancies like twins or triplets.
  • Your stress is going to be at peak
  • Infections
  • Not the right BMI, that is underweight or overweight issues.
  • Not taking enough care of yourself
  • Smoking or using drugs
  • Family history of labor
  • Getting pregnant right after giving birth or close to giving birth
  • being under or overweight
  • not taking proper prenatal care

You need to head to the hospital or call your midwife or immediate help to avoid any risk factors.

Seek immediate help if your contractions:-

  • If the contractions are frequent eve they are painless
  • you experience the contraction are closer every 5 minutes
  • these cause vaginal bleeding, the gush of fluids head to the hospital without wasting a single second.

All is well, nothing to worry as pregnancy contraction all are the natural process. Only you have to self-care. Aways keep in touch with your family members for immediate help. Your midwife’s often visited make you aware of pregnancy problems.

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