Giving birth is weird. You think you have an idea of what it'll be like, but no. Turns out it's nothing like you'd imagined. Every birth is different, every pregnant person is different, and every situation is different, so it's impossible to know what you're truly in for until you're in it. One thing I can say, though, is that it hurts. I know some people say their contractions weren’t all that bad, but I cannot relate. Mine were earth-shatteringly awful. So awful that I’m going to give you a list of things my contractions felt like, because labor is no joke, my friends.
When you’re pregnant, they tell you contractions are like cramps. That’s true, except it’s totally minimizing what they actually feel like. They're cramps, if cramps were bitten by a radioactive spider and suddenly became endowed with other-worldly powers that made a "cramp" turn into a force of freakin' nature the likes of which you've never seen. Yes, the initial contractions aren't all that bad, I agree. I would probably describe them as "cramps." However, once things really started moving, and moving down, I’m pretty sure I went to another planet.
Labor and delivery is hands down the hardest thing I've ever physically done. I’ve heard people compare it to puking, but backwards (you know how your stomach tightens as your hurl?), and I can agree with that. Still, that doesn’t begin to account for the pain because, yes, there was a lot of pain. So without further ado, I give you just some of the things I can compare to my contractions.