Throughout pregnancy women experiencing 'Braxton Hicks' contraction, they are painless uterine tightening's usually lasting for about 30 seconds and helps to tone the uterus to get ready for labour. False labour is a term that has fallen out of fashion because, your body is certainly not false.
Please note that painful uterine contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy is not normal, please speak with your midwife.
The information below is from the baby centre and it explains how to tell the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and when you are in labour contractions.
How do Braxton Hicks and labour contractions differ?There are differences between Braxton Hicks contractions and , so you should be able to tell them apart.
Braxton Hicks contractions:
Compared with Braxton Hicks, labour contractions are: