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From the stickie above:
* Generally tighten only portions of the uterus, rarely with back pressure
* Usually with short duration (15-45 seconds)
* Do not increase in intensity
* May not become closer together
* Usually irregular in occurence
* Changing activity or position may make them stop
* walking does not make them stronger
I'm with you. My "real" contractions met a lot of the rules for "pre-labor" contractions (irregular and only felt in one part of my uterus) and a lot of my "pre-labor" contractions met the rules for "real" ones (lasting longer than a minute, closer than 5-minutes apart, for more than an hour).
But I was able to tell that the "pre-labor" ones weren't "real" and I was able to suspect that the "real" ones were early labor instead of more "pre-labor". I had bloody show at the start of early labor, and that was probably my biggest clue.
Mama to an elementary school boy, kindergarten girl, and my miracle toddler girl.
Three 10w losses (11/2010 + 8/2011 + 10/2014)