My contractions weren't painful at first and I wasn't sure whether they were just BH or not. I didn't have any period type pains at all, just tightenings like you that became more intense and frequent. I didn't have a show or breaking waters until labour was well established. Assuming that this is your first, it may be some time before these tightenings develop into proper contractions. Don't hesitate to contact your mw for advice/ reassurance if you need it. Good luck!
Hi all, I'm 40+5 and no signs of labour as such (no show, no waters etc). However, this evening I've been getting quite strong Braxton Hicks, much stronger than usual but not painful, just uncomfortable, but they are only on one side.