I'm wondering about the variety of what different feelings women have had in first stage labor. I've heard so many different things: menstrual cramps, clamping down, backaches, or like intestinal cramps. Mine were sort of swelling and clamping of the uterus with a little backache that came with them. What were yours like? I tried to post a poll but the server was busy, still - please describe what you felt? Also was it a posterior baby, did you have pitocin, castor oil, anything to change things from just your body's normal work?