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What do contractions feel like?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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31 years experience
Bad menstrual cramps: Labor can take 24 to 36 hours. Early on labor pains feel very much like bad menstrual cramps. It can take 12 to 18 hours to get into active labor. The contractions of active labor are intense and come every 3 to 5 minutes. You usually cannot talk or walk during an active labor contraction.
Dr. Daniel Lee
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Muscle cramps: Contractions feel like muscle cramps that we often get in our calf region but instead it is in a woman's abdominal region. If you are concerned you may be having contractions then you need to call your OB physician.

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What does a contraction feel like?

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Menstrual cramps: Most of my patients describe contractions as being like menstrual cramps, to varying degrees of discomfort - from mild to severe. However, some patients perceive contractions only as pressure (or pain) in their backs, sides, or in their legs. Occasionaly i find a patient in labor, dilated 6 or 7 centimeters, who denies feeling contractions at all. Any rhythmic sensation could be contractions.
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What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like?

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Dr. Laurence Fakinos
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Cramping: Pregnant women experience braxton-hicks in many different ways. Most commonly they feel like menstrual cramps, tightening or hardening of the abdomen, pelvic pressure, and low back ache.
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How contractions feels like at 36 week?

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Cramping: Intense, intense cramping--like the worst period of your life. This is unlike anything you have experienced before, especially if you're a first time mom. I tell my patients that, generally speaking, if you can talk/speak through a contraction; it's probably not a real labor--as opposed to the false, Braxton-Hicks--contraction.

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