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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Contractions

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Contractions

Contractions are a pain in the uterus. And, while it's impossible to understand what they feel like unless you've experienced them, everyone tries.

My mom likens the pain to "little pings," but even after delivering both my kids, I'm not sure I can put the physical sensation into words.

Though I do recall that the moments between them were absolutely euphoric. Concentrating on the lull between the pangs made them all the more bearable.

What do you think contractions feel like? And, how did you deal with them during labor?

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bushra bushra 8 years
omg hottdana: what a comparison! no way is holding an ice cube the same thing!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
with my first son I was induced after my water broke and my contractions didn't start (plus I was 10 days overdue). My first contraction was off the scale painful. I thought I was going to die. They told me it was an hour wait for an epidural so morphine was given to me before I got a second one of those contractions. I didn't feel a thing after that. With my second son I had two months ago I got to feel the contractions which were like bad period cramps. Then I got my epidural which wasn't nearly as strong as my last one as I could still feel the pressure of the contractions. It was interesting to be able to feel what the contractions were doing without the intense pain. I could feel them squeezing the baby down and out. So surreal!
hottdana hottdana 8 years
period cramps x 100!!! I was induced which made them very intense and fast. I also had NO DRUGS!!! when I have this next baby you'd better believe I'll be gettin' some pain relief. When I had my prenatal class the health nurse had us hold an ice cube in our hands for 1 minute then release it, "there, you've just made it through a contraction". What a bunch of bullsh*t! the whole time I was in labour all I could think of was this nurse and how she had lied!!!
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I was induced at 7:30am and at first I felt nothing and then when the nurse came to check on me at 10am and I told her I was feeling nothing, she said ok well then it's time to turn it up. That's when the fun began. Worse period cramps EVER. The epidural helped ease them a bit. But all in all it wasn't so bad that I wouldn't do it ever again. Schnappy and Snickers, I too had a fairly easy labor, he was born at 1:19pm after being induced at 7:30am, but I always feel so guilty about bringing it up. lol
bushra bushra 8 years
as for the epidural, well it was very welcome but kept wearing off! i was topped up twice before a huge dose for the c-section.
bushra bushra 8 years
awful awful awful! i had to put up with three days of early labour contractions at home before i finally hit 3cm! and a day later i had to have an emergency c-section. i know many people say you forget the pain but i know i certainly won't! touch wood i have never been in hospital or had any accidents so was in shock for about three months after...
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
sorry if that was book!
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
sorry if that was book!
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
at first, i thought i had indigestion... then it dawned on me as they got stronger... oh that might be a contraction.... then as they got even stronger and i counted through my long breathing there was no mistaking. it's definitely similar to period cramps... but different enough that you're not going to confuse the two... i went thru labor from saturday (light) till monday (pretty intense but bearable)... we are over an hour from the hospital so i didnt want to go to the hospital until it was certain (my water didnt break and there was no "plug" situation either so there was no... oh lets go) that monday as i was counting thru my breaths... (long slow ones) my sister was counting as well.. and for the record... you cant count seconds while you're breathing slowly... what i thought was 10 seconds... my sister counted as thirty. BUT... when they broke my water... that's when i was like... OMG THATS WHAT A CONTRACTION REALLY IS (7 cm i think) and i was allllll over the epidural. it was like a vice grip from your knees to your boobs. my epidural didnt really kick in enough because i had him about 20 minutes later... (my mom takes credit for the easy delivery, she said she had an easy time w/delivery us kids) and you DO forget how much it hurt... he's almost 5 months. this was nice to retell.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
at first, i thought i had indigestion... then it dawned on me as they got stronger... oh that might be a contraction.... then as they got even stronger and i counted through my long breathing there was no mistaking. it's definitely similar to period cramps... but different enough that you're not going to confuse the two... i went thru labor from saturday (light) till monday (pretty intense but bearable)... we are over an hour from the hospital so i didnt want to go to the hospital until it was certain (my water didnt break and there was no "plug" situation either so there was no... oh lets go) that monday as i was counting thru my breaths... (long slow ones) my sister was counting as well.. and for the record... you cant count seconds while you're breathing slowly... what i thought was 10 seconds... my sister counted as thirty. BUT... when they broke my water... that's when i was like... OMG THATS WHAT A CONTRACTION REALLY IS (7 cm i think) and i was allllll over the epidural. it was like a vice grip from your knees to your boobs. my epidural didnt really kick in enough because i had him about 20 minutes later... (my mom takes credit for the easy delivery, she said she had an easy time w/delivery us kids) and you DO forget how much it hurt... he's almost 5 months. this was nice to retell.
babysugar babysugar 8 years
I have to agree with the period cramps topped by severe upset stomach pains. I thought I was just suffering from a really bad tummy ache until the pains became regular and more painful. Then I knew it was time! But once I got the epidural, I was relaxed and pain free. The doctors had to tell me when to push because I couldn't tell when my contractions were happening.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 8 years
I was induced with my first and I thought I was going to die. I felt like someone was squeezing my stomach with vice grips and scraping my insides with a sharp object. I didn't have an epidural with either of my kids so the contractions just got worse and worse.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
My contractions were exactly like I envisioned them. Just very bad period cramps that began, peaked, and tapered off with a few minutes in between. No real back labor or anything for me, and I had an epidural at about 5 cm that made everything go away (I didn't even feel pressure) and put me in a really happy place. Epidurals are wonderful. I had a VERY easy labor and delivery, too, SnickesBar. And it was my first.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
My contractions were exactly like I envisioned them. Just very bad period cramps that began, peaked, and tapered off with a few minutes in between. No real back labor or anything for me, and I had an epidural at about 5 cm that made everything go away (I didn't even feel pressure) and put me in a really happy place. Epidurals are wonderful.I had a VERY easy labor and delivery, too, SnickesBar. And it was my first.
SnickersBar SnickersBar 8 years
I was also induced ...when the contractions started I was really excited because it meant the time was drawing near .... then they started getting worse and it wasn't so fun anymore. I agree that they are like the worst period cramps. I then got my epidural at 5 centimeters and felt fine, just pressure. I ended up having a c-section, but the whole experience really wasn't that bad. I was induced at 8:00 am and ended up having him at 6:34 pm. There are a lot of moms who have really tough labors and deliveries, but I was not one of them. (I actually feel a bit guilty about that) Thought I would share that with other first timers, or those that haven't been through it yet.
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
First time out, I was startled when I was told that I was having contractions every three minutes. I knew that wasn't so, because the pain was almost never-ending. The rest in between was less than thirty seconds. Then someone finally clued in, "Oh, you're having BACK labour!" Wha--?? No one had told me, and I hadn't read anywhere that the contractions could start in your back, THEN spread to your belly. So while my doctor was wondering why my contractions were "just" three minutes apart, I was barely able to focus as I was in such pain and so exhausted from the lack of rest in between. For my next child, I read up and discovered that even if you have it once, it doesn't mean you'll have back labour the next time. I was all excited about using the tub at the birth centre...until I felt the first contraction in my back. I actually started crying.But--didn't have it at all with my last two.
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
First time out, I was startled when I was told that I was having contractions every three minutes. I knew that wasn't so, because the pain was almost never-ending. The rest in between was less than thirty seconds. Then someone finally clued in, "Oh, you're having BACK labour!" Wha--?? No one had told me, and I hadn't read anywhere that the contractions could start in your back, THEN spread to your belly. So while my doctor was wondering why my contractions were "just" three minutes apart, I was barely able to focus as I was in such pain and so exhausted from the lack of rest in between. For my next child, I read up and discovered that even if you have it once, it doesn't mean you'll have back labour the next time. I was all excited about using the tub at the birth centre...until I felt the first contraction in my back. I actually started crying. But--didn't have it at all with my last two.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 8 years
It felt like excruciating period cramps. The pain in my back was a million times worse though. I dealt with it by screaming. The epidural didn't take. :(
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 8 years
It felt like period cramps x 10! I had to be induced as well, and there was some type of mild pain medication hooked up to my IV that wasn't really doing the trick...instead it made me fall asleep between my contractions. When the nurse finally came in to check on me, my son was already halfway down the birth canal. Seriously, you should have seen how fast the doctor got in there...lol!
techkim techkim 8 years
I had to be induced so it was nothing nothing and then hello! HEllo! HELLo! and the HEHHEEELLLLLLOOO and then I got my epidural. Its like a sharp pressure in the whole pelvus area and the in between is still painful because the poor muscles are all freaked out and don't have enough time to recover. Say you hurt yourself at the gym and can stop and heal a day or week or more HA nope. The epidural saved me from a c-section because it allowed my body to not feel the pain so sharply and I don't think I could have finished getting my sunny side son out LOL. Ah I have 20 more weeks to experiance this all again fun times coming :)
techkim techkim 8 years
I had to be induced so it was nothing nothing and then hello! HEllo! HELLo! and the HEHHEEELLLLLLOOO and then I got my epidural.Its like a sharp pressure in the whole pelvus area and the in between is still painful because the poor muscles are all freaked out and don't have enough time to recover. Say you hurt yourself at the gym and can stop and heal a day or week or more HA nope. The epidural saved me from a c-section because it allowed my body to not feel the pain so sharply and I don't think I could have finished getting my sunny side son out LOL. Ah I have 20 more weeks to experiance this all again fun times coming :)
ann418 ann418 8 years
And there's my birth control for the day. Thanks robinesque! :)
robinesque robinesque 8 years
They feel like a sloooow death.
busybeegal busybeegal 8 years
Intense, really intense cramps and squeezing/pressure. Actually, having my hubby give me foot rubs with lotion helped a lot as well as a bunch of homeopathics I took. I'll be doing the same thing when I go into labor this time within the next couple months!
ikimashokie ikimashokie 8 years
If period cramps are supposed to be the "preparation" for labor cramps, I'm going to have to make sure they hook me up to a 24/7 epidural the week before I'm supposed to deliver...
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