It's nothing as dramatic and obvious as contractions. Just a general feeling of 'not right' I guess! Back ache and lots of braxton hicks. But what's the difference between real contractions and braxton hicks- how to you tell the difference?
I don't know from last time as my waters broke and I was put on the syntocin drip straight away-so went from 0-60 pretty quick!
Real contractions are normally timeable not all over the place like braxton hicks, they will come regular and usually last longer then a minute. Braxton hicks are also not painful just usually uncomfy. My contractions at first wernt extremely painful but enough to make me need to stop what I was doing and breath through them. But thats just my expirience on them, everyone is different.
I'd try timing your tightnings and see if theres any kind of pattern to them xx
The tightenings/waves of back ache were coming every 20 mins, had 3 or 4 like that and them fell asleep while my toddler watched Tinkerbell! They're very uncomfortable but not painful. Don't seem to e as regular now...probably doesn't mean anything! I don't remember reading into everything as much last time! I'm not even at my due date yet!
Surely when people talk about early labour their contractions aren't every 6 minutes, lasting a minute and too painful to talk through etc? Not for 5 days? Am I being naive?!
Latent labour for 4days. Painful contractions every 10-15 mins day and night to the point I had to stop what I was doing and couldn't talk through them. Couldn't sleep, walk, sit or generally move without a lot of pain. My waters were broken after I admitted myself to hospital. I was sent home twice before I insisted I was going nowhere as simply couldn't cope with the pain and I was utterly exhausted.
I had 2 days and 2 nights of contractions - I'd never had braxton hicks so I knew they were real. They were every 8-10 mins, v painful (later found out baby was back to back) and I couldn't eat or sleep through them.
For my first, I was in early labour for about three days. Contractions every 10-15 mins or so, then every 5-10mins, going back to 10-15mins. It was very frustrating. By the time I went into hospital, I was only 3cm! Ended up getting an epidural and induction as it was so awfully long and tiring.
With my second, it went from contractions every 10mins or so to 3 every 10 mins within a couple of hours! Born a few hours after the first contraction with no pain relief!
Well oddly I must have been in labour for days but didn't feel a thing. Mw came to do sweep on due date- fully effaced, 3cm dilated. 2 days later had first contraction, was 5cm. Ds born 5 hours later. Bloody lovely. Though not necessarily helpful to you as you already have symptoms....