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While I am entering my 41st week and whiling away the hours crocheting things, I got to wondering - what kinds of feelings should I be waiting for? Is labor a dull ache like a menstrual cramp or a sharp ache like a runner's cramp? Or is it different for every woman?
 

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I can only tell you how it was for me; started like small menstrual cramps and back ache that I barely noticed, then they got more intense and it was pretty obvious I was in labour. Another give away for me each time is that I get flushed and have a huge rush of adrenaline when labour begins. It's a very exciting time!
 

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For me I thought I had to go to the bathroom. Severe pains that I THOUGHT were gas/constipation pains (but the worst I ever felt.) I would say it started off quite "sharp" and progressed into more of a dull type of pain.
 

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The night before I went intolabor I had several mestrual cramps like feelings.<br>
When the actuallabor started, I mostly felt sharp pains in my cervix. I was expecting to feel my entire uterus contract, but for most of my labor I had had extreme sharp pains in the cervix. Then, when my water broke (less then an hour before dd was born), I definitely felt my entire uterus contract. That feeling was more like menstrual cramps.
 

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mine were sharp sharp knifein the cervix type pain but I had pitocin... so??? I had weenie little contractions before pitocin and they were just like faint echoes of menstrual cramps.... but they didn't hurt. Not until the pitocin kicked in.<br><br>
hang in there, mama, you will know soon and you will hold that baby afterwards and forget most of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> until you get pregnant again...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> then you will have that 5 minute freakout over the pregnancy test, lol....and wonder what the heck you were thinking <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I didn't have any kind of labor induction and most of my conmtractions were sharp cervix pains. So I am not sure that it is 100% related.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I didn't have any kind of labor induction and most of my conmtractions were sharp cervix pains. So I am not sure that it is 100% related.</div>
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good to know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> This time around will be different, I say <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Tired of the old stick a needle in me and tie me to a bed routine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> 3rd time is the charm...<br><br>
oops, didn't mean to hijack, lol ((hugs))
 

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I think both. First labor I had 'typical' contractions - a sharp pain over my whole uterus. Not crampy at all.<br><br>
Second labor I'd been having low down, crampy menstrual feelings for days which I didn't class as contractions. But when the 'cramps' started coming 10 mins apart, I got suspicious and rang midwife. Still didn't think they were really contractions, she told me rest and drink water (I was only 36w). Within 30mins my water broke and I was having really strong contractions 2-3 mins apart. I must have been in labor with my 'menstrual cramps' all day and didn't know it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You'd think you'd know better 2nd time around <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I was in labor with my sharp cervical pains and still didn't think I was in labor. I was expecting that when the real labor hits - I'll feel something in my entire uterus. The sharp pains I thought were effacament and prelabor dialation. so much for being all educated and prepared.
 
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