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What does a contraction feel like?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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