Re: How do you know if they are contractions?
in my opinion......there is no difference. i had braxton hicks starting at 7 months. So, when i was in actual labor....i had no idea..because it felt the exact same to me....and to complicate matters.....contractions were not consistant. from 7 pm. to 4 am....I was on the phone with my sister trying to figure out if it was true labor....contractions bounced all night.....from 5 minutes apart, to 15 minutes, to 2 minutes, back to 30 minutes, then 20 minutes, back to 3 minutes.....it was like that ALL night long!!! Finally at 4 am, I decided that I was waking hubby up..I told him that I had been up all night trying to figure out if I needed to go to the hospital or not...but at that point, I didnt care, I just wanted to go to the hospital so that they could give me something to calm it down, so that I could sleep!! I arrived at the hospital at 6:30 am (hubby just HAD to take a shower...LOL...he assumed that because my first baby took 24 hours to get here, he didnt see the point in rushing this time!...it was sooo funny, plus we had to wait til my parents got there to watch my daughter) ...when I got to the hospital...I was dilated to 5 cm!!! She was born at 1:30 that afternoon!