Re: What ARE Braxton Hicks?
Braxton Hicks feel like labor but the contractions are sporatic and do not get closer together, consistent or stronger as they progress. They generally come and go. Contractions feel like your uterus all of a sudden gets rock hard for a few seconds along with the pain or tightening feeling and then goes back to normal when the contraction is over. BTW, my back never hurt when I went into labor with my daughter, so that's not really a tell-tale sign that you're in labor. Given your situation with your son being born so early, I'm surprised they did not have you come in to be monitored if you are having any type of pains. Anyway, BH feels like mild to moderate contractions that are sporatic and don't get closer together or even out as they progress. If they do, that's what labor feels like, but the labor contractions get stronger as they get closer together and they don't go away like BH. Hope this helps.