Cramps and tightenings at 37 weeks?

So for the past couple hours ive been getting tightenings that feel like Braxton Hicks but more painful and achy (usually they dont hurt) seem to come on every half a hour or between I just have a dull period pain type aching. I'm a ftm so have no idea what early labor feels like compared to just braxtons. Help? Baby is also engaged but I know this doesn't mean much