Re: What do contractions feel like?
For me the first contractions made me feel like I had to go to the bathroom and fast, they came on every 10-15 minutes for about an hour. As they continued and become stronger and closer there was this tightening that started in my back and went all the way around to the font. My stomach would get extremely hard and I had to focus and breath. There was no way I could talk during them. With the "practice" contractions or braxton hicks you just get that tightening but with real contractions you feel dull pain and as you get farther along like after your water breaks they just hurt so you will definitely feel the difference and know when its time. I know that it is frustrating not really knowing what to expect and to hear people say "oh you'll know" but its true: you will know! Good Luck!