What do labor contractions feel like

Labor contractions will be longer, strong, and closer together. Contractions are a rhythmic tightening and relaxing of the uterine muscle.

Most of the time labor contractions are felt in the back and in the belly. Sometimes contractions may also be felt in the thighs as well.

Labor contractions are painful and described different ways by different women. They can be described as cramping, burning, aching, stabbing, dull, radiating, waves, pounding, pushing, pressure, tightening, exhaustion and pain that spreads to other areas.

Everyone women's experience to labor is unique to them and even unique to that specific pregnancy.

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