For most of us soon-to-be moms pregnancy isn't some blissfully enjoyable experience. Well, at least not 100 percent of the time. For me, being pregnant was like an adventure, and on this adventure I discovered something disgusting or painful about my pregnant body on a near-daily basis. But the weirdest, most unpleasant and unnerving pain of pregnancy had to be lightning crotch. So, what does lightning crotch feel like? Well, they don't use the word "lightning" for nothing.
Lightning crotch is one of those things that you really have to experience to understand. Personally, I thought this phenomenon felt like a sharp, electric, sudden pain between my legs. It was so painful and weird that I thought I was in labor or, even worse, that something was wrong with my baby. I mean, feeling like I was being stabbed with a light saber by my Jedi Knight fetus definitely didn't qualify as "normal" in my book. When I called my midwife, though, she told me I was experiencing "lightning crotch" and I had noting to worry about. And even though its name suggests otherwise, it's not caused by a lightning bolt but by your cervix dilating or your baby's head irritating the nerves in your uterus.
When I've talked with other pregnant people and moms who've felt the horror that is lightning crotch, I've learned that I'm not alone in thinking the sensation was scary and painful. While pain is personal and can feel different for everyone, lightning crotch is simply unmistakable. So with that in mind, here's how a few moms would describe this "special" pregnancy pain: