This past week or so intermittently I have been having period like pains and my tummy goes hard. I didn't have this with my previous 2 pregnancies (if I can remember back that far - 8yrs ago!). Does this sound like braxton hicks? Most people seem to describe them as an elastic band tightening, but not uncomfortable. These are quite uncomfortable.
'Pains' have been quite uncomfortable this past half hour or so. Mentioned it to DH who suggested I phone midwife. I'm going to hospital tomorrow anyway, so will try and hold out until then. I'm sure if I phone now, I'll be told to come to the labour ward for assessment, kids are asleep etc etc.
I'll monitor these pains over the next half hour or so. Unlike 'real' contractions, there doesn't seem to be a clear beginning or end to these pains.
If your stomach goes tight, thats a braxton hicks, some people get them very mildly some very strong. They shouldn't hurt although occasionally they ache as you can see, but not too much and not too often.