For the blissfully unaware and uninitiated, there's more than one way to contract during labor. And apparently the number of blissfully unaware and uninitiated moms is vast, because when I first asked a group of moms to describe butt contractions, most of them didn't know what I was talking about. Some asked if I meant back labor, or fourth degree tearing. Some asked me to be more specific about what I meant. But for the women who had experienced butt contractions, clarification was unnecessary. Most of them knew what I was talking about immediately. As a baby descends during labor and delivery, and the combination of their head putting pressure on your rectum and the ever-strengthening contractions create a feeling unlike any other. That, dear reader, is a butt contraction.
My friend Rachel was confused. "Is this a thing? Three kids and I have never heard of it." In a word: yes. This is a thing. In fact, I would say that it was one of the most intense physical sensations I experienced in both of my labors and deliveries, and I pushed out a massive nine-pound baby.
Certainly the fact that a lot of women who have given birth don't know what I'm talking about proves that it's hardly a universal thing. But after I published my first article on the topic, "11 Things Butt Contractions *Actually* Feel Like," the comments section on Facebook vindicated me completely. "I don't feel so stupid anymore!" said one person. "It hurts like hell ... I just kept screaming there's contractions in my butt!" another said. There was lots of tagging friends saying, "See! I told you!" or, "This sounds like what you were talking about."
So yes, my fellow birth-givers! Butt contractions are real! Maybe not for everyone, but some of us know your pain... or pressure... or pressure so bad it's painful. However you describe it, our bottoms are connected on a deeper level.