You know you're going to be on the lookout for labor contractions as that due date approaches—so what exactly are you supposed to be feeling? According to the experts, that can be kind of hard to spell out exactly. "It's always difficult to describe what labor contractions feel like," says Paul du Treil, M.D., director of maternal and child health at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. "It's a little bit different for everybody, so you can't really say what you're going to feel." Still, there are a few clues that what you're feeling is actually labor contractions.