When they started they are barely there and hard to time but when they got going all I can describe it as is feeling like you have a bad case of a belly ache. I kept thinking I needed to poo but couldn't. X
Hmmm early contractions id describe as period pains which increase in intensity and trail off like a wave. I knew it was labour because I was 40wks. The tightening wasn't noticable until later stages and really felt nothing at all like BH x
My real contractions didn't feel anything like BH, but like the above poster said, everyone is different! One person may feel something completely different than the other. Mine were like building menstrual cramps at first, then pretty much got stronger and wrapped around my whole lower belly and back.
I had back labour and it was all in my lower back. I didn't have any tightenings or anything in my belly at all - so much so in fact that no-one in the hospital believed I was in labour because the monitor showed nothing! It was only when I said I needed to push that they decided to examine me and said "oh, I can see the head".
So it really is different for everyone, and I am guessing it is different for subsequent labours for the same woman too. xxx
I was induced so didn't have the build up of pain, all of a sudden I had very strong contractions, so it will be interesting for me this time if I go naturally to see the difference. From my experience they were like very very intense period pains. I didn't have any back pain during labour xxx
Everyone experiences early labour differently but for me...
4pm: I started noticing that I was getting BH contractions at regular intervals. They weren't painful just very regular. I started timing them and found them to be exactly every 7 minutes.
Between 4 and 6pm: They started getting more intense and uncomfortable.
By about 6.30: Closer together (every 5 minutes) and quite painful.
By 10.00pm: They were every 4 minutes and very painful (had to breathe through them!) I went into hospital but was sent home as I was only 1cm dilated!
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