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What Do Labor Contractions Really Feel Like?

Create: 01/03/2017 - 10:15
What Do Labor Contractions Really Feel Like?
Your due date is approaching. You're on the lookout for labor contractions. But what do they really feel like? It's a little bit different for everybody, so you can't really say what you're going to feel." Still, there are a few clues that what you're feeling is actually labor contractions.
 

Signs of Preterm Labor: Braxton Hicks and Labor Contractions

Create: 12/17/2016 - 04:55
Signs of Preterm Labor: Braxton Hicks and Labor Contractions
Steven Samawi, MD OB/GYN: Often times women experience contractions prior to their due date. These are usually Braxton Hicks contractions.
 
Kathy Wood, MD OB/GYN: Braxton Hicks contractions are your uterus practicing for the real deal. It basically feels like tightening throughout your abdomen.
 
Rachel Walker, MD OB/GYN: Braxton Hicks contractions are common as you enter the third trimester. They're generally short contractions.
 

Signs and Symptoms that You're in Labor

Create: 01/23/2016 - 11:37
Signs and Symptoms that You're in Labor
So what are the signs that labor is beginning? You might be experiencing menstrual cramps, lower backache, soft bowel movements. So another sign of labor beginning is the discharge of the mucous plug or bloody show. 
 
The mucous plug is the plug inside your cervix that keeps the baby in. So when labor starts, the mucous plug will start to come out. This can happen anywhere from a few weeks before you give birth to a few hours before you actually go into labor. 
 
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