Painful contractions: Prelabor or Braxton Hicks


Is anyone else having painful contractions off and on? I’m 37 weeks and 5 days and there have been a couple times in the past few days where I almost went to the hospital. These contractions are different then the mostly painless Braxton Hicks I’ve had since my second trimester. This happened with my second pregnancy and I ignored them and suddenly I was in hard labor and the baby arrived 40 minutes later and I barely made it to the hospital (there wasn’t even a doctor in the room). I feel like it may be a long early labor process. Any opinions or similar stories?

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