Mine were like period pains to start with then towards the end they all came at worse with back ache! Time them, if they are regular, getting closer together and more painful then it might be worth getting checked out.
have u timed how often they are coming? if they are regular then they could well be the real thing.If they are PAINFUL buut irregular they could be the start of the real thing. if they are just uncomfortable they are most likely bh. But... In all honesty if you are at all concerned contact your midwife or labour suite just to be on the safe side, especially given the fact that you are only 30 weeks. hth xxx
Braxton Hicks are more of an all over tightening of the uterus ,so your whole stomach goes hard.They are more uncomfortable than painful .Saying that i'm having no3 early next month and was convinced last week I was going into labour as they had got really constant and quite strong.You will know when the real thing starts because the contractions get closer together as time goes on and become painful . With my 2nd dd I went to hospital as i was 50 % sure my waters were leaking was about to be sent home at 8pm and she had arrived by 9.45pm ,so they can come on quite suddenly too .Although with 1st babies it tends to be slower. Reading that back I sound full of contradictions sorry hope the next person is of more use,and good luck.