My simple answer to this is menstrual cramps.
From the very beginning of labor, my contractions felt like menstrual cramps that gradually got strong and stronger as labor progressed.
I was shocked that no one described contractions like this to me.
Even when I called my midwife and described the contractions as menstrual cramps, she assured me that labor had not started yet.
So just in case no one has told this to you, I wanted to let you know that this may be exactly how your contractions feel.
I felt the contractions in my abdomen and even in my thighs and legs as labor progressed. I did not have back labor thankfully.
The contractions did get more painful as labor progressed. However, I did experience some painless contractions so it is possible. It was my hope that the first birth would be painless. However, it was not. But the few contractions that were painless completely changed my perspective on birth and even life. When things expand and open up, it can feel painful, but when we go deeper, breathe through it, and stay aware of the truth, we realize there is no pain. And we can flow with the actual experience.
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