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Are these contractions?

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rageagainsttheBIL Wed 24-Feb-16 11:30:21

I know no one can be sure but I'm getting cramps low down in abdomen every 3-10 minutes lasting around 20-30 seconds. Not much back pain. Happening for about 3-4 hours and don't seem to to getting much worse... They are painful enough that I have to stop what I'm doing and focus on my breathing.

Also need the loo every 15 minutes.

The thing is in my last pregnancy they were quite different and I had no doubt they were contractions - started mildly, got stronger and more frequent, in my back as much as my front.

I guess these could just be Braxton hicks but they're really quite achy!

Sorebigtoes Wed 24-Feb-16 11:49:39

Sounds like contractions to me, especially since you have to focus. How far along are you?

Everythinggettingbigger Wed 24-Feb-16 11:59:52

ive said this many times on here before, a bit of advice my mum gave me and I cant fault the time I had no idea how to take it, until I felt my first proper contraction.......

when you are in labour you will know, you wont need to ask.

the fact that they are every 3-10 mins is showing they are varying quite a lot so I personally wouldn't say it is. But I'm not you nor am I a midwife/doctor so if you are concerned please call someone!

I am only 27+1 today but was admitted last week due to having strong contraction like pains and was getting checked for pre-term labour. my DP freaked out about having our baby at 26 weeks and was googling what his chances of a normal life/survival would be etc but I knew it wasn't actual labour because they had no pattern. now been having pains on and off for around 2 weeks.

Congratulations, if this isn't it I hope its soon for you! (assuming you are near/past your due date!) flowers

rageagainsttheBIL Wed 24-Feb-16 12:05:34

I'm 37 + 3. They seem to be getting worse and closer together but not sure if that's because I've been moving around a lot.

Everythinggettingbigger Wed 24-Feb-16 12:10:43

call your midwife or delivery suite anyway they will want you to go in and get checked probably, always better to be safe than sorry!

Everythinggettingbigger Wed 24-Feb-16 12:12:00

oh god didn't mean that like anything bad would happen by the way!! sounded terrible didn't it! sorry!

Pootles2010 Wed 24-Feb-16 12:15:09

Mine never had a pattern, so don't necessarily wait for that. Give them a call, see what they say.

Squashybanana Wed 24-Feb-16 12:24:01

I was told way back that exercise (as in moving around or going for a walk, not a quick 5k run!) Will make Braxton Hicks reduce but strengthen real contractions.

jellycat1 Wed 24-Feb-16 15:57:07

I'd say so. Hope all progresses well. Am v jealous as 38 wks and not a twinge and I'm so fed up and grumpy! Keep us posted!

rageagainsttheBIL Wed 24-Feb-16 21:39:10

Yep it was labour! Thanks for helping to convince me as I nearly didn't call my husband to come home and he got there pretty much as we needed to leave for hospital!

PissPotPourri Wed 24-Feb-16 21:48:16

So... the outcome please? Give me some happy news!

rageagainsttheBIL Wed 24-Feb-16 22:29:09

Yes baby arrived at 5.45, water birth, went from waters breaking to birth in about 15 mins!

Cherryberry1 Wed 24-Feb-16 22:59:31

Congratulations!!!! Hoping you're both doing great and yourself and DH are enjoying newborn cuddles.

Sorebigtoes Wed 24-Feb-16 23:40:15

Congratulations! Gives me hope that not everyone goes overdue so I might not...

rageagainsttheBIL Thu 25-Feb-16 06:18:40

Thanks - our first was a week late and I only finished work yesterday so it was a bit of a shock - completely disorganised with hardly anything prepared, except hospital bag (thankfully!).

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