Last night, I spent about two hours in so-called ‘false labor.’ It was very exciting… until I got up, walked around the house, ate some toast, and the cramping suddenly stopped. Boo! Come on, baby!
The experience made me wonder what it feels like immediately before you go into real labor. Before I experienced my false labor, my baby was incredibly active. The movements were the biggest that I had ever seen. I scoured the Internet and discovered that while some women experience this, others find their babies get quieter right before delivery.
The bottom line is that there is no one way to feel before labor. Everyone experiences it differently. Some nest, some sleep, some women even get frisky!
Click through to read six stories of how it feels right before labor.
I felt normal!
"To be honest, the night before I went into labor, I felt just the same as any other day. Then, I woke up at 2 a.m. with contractions, and the only reason I knew they were real instead of Braxton Hicks was because my lower back was cramping really bad with each one, like a period, and when I went to pee, I lost my [mucus] plug. It's different for every person...." From user maryinger on CafeMom.com
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