I spent a significant amount of my first pregnancy wondering what contractions would feel like,and whether or not I'd recognize them when they finally came. I never had (or noticed) Braxton Hicks contractions, so the closer my due date was the more it occupied my thoughts. If, like me, you're curious about what they feel like, and what the experience of labor feels like, allow me to share things every mom thinks when she's having contractions.
Oh no, dear reader. My experience was an electrifying cross between the feeling of my body turning itself inside out, and having an elephant sitting on my torso. With that description, you might be surprised I could form any thoughts at all, let alone recall them now. Believe me, I'm shocked, too. Childbirth really is a miracle. Allow me to share just a tad bit more about what it's like to experience one of the most obvious signs that you're in the midst of it: