What Does a Contraction Feel Like?

pregnant woman
What was THAT?!
Your due date is fast approaching and you've heard all this talk about contractions. "Don't call the doctor until your contractions are x minutes apart ... Don't go to the hospital until your contractions are x minutes apart." But you've never been pregnant before so how the heck do you know when you're having a contraction or when it's something else? You've got to know so you don't end up giving birth in some crazy place. Plus, you want to know how bad they hurt and whether you'll be able to take the pain. (You will! You will!)

So here's your handy dandy guide to what a contraction feels like (as told by moms who have been there, felt that).


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