I always thought I had some BAD braxton hicks, but the more I read, I am discovering that I have prodromal labor. Basically it is a LOT like normal labor. It just doesn't progress you much at all. For me it started out weak and they got longer and more painful the closer I got to my due date. I could actually time them. They got close enough that I should have gone to the hospital (and did with an earlier pregnancy). Anyway, they end up almost disappearing in the early morning hours.
I mention that, just because it might not be braxton hicks. It could be prodromal labor. Are they somewhat regular?
The one nice thing about hard braxton hicks or prodromal labor is that it gets you used to the real thing. :D With my fourth I wasn't even sure I was REALLY in labor - after 3 or 4 weeks of the prodromal stuff. When I finally went in to check it out, I was at 9 cm. :D
at 6:05 PM on Jun. 29, 2011