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what are the signs of real labor how will i know for sure?

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iv been having braxton hicks contractions for a couple of weeks now, snd my stomach has dropped a little. but docotr says im not opening up yet. what other signs can i look for and how will i really know when the contractions are real.oh and im 36 weeks today.

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When I was pregnant I was worried that I wouldn't know when I really was in labor. Let me tell you, you will know. The contractions feel much different than braxton-hicks. They are much stronger and they will be more consistant. Good luck and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!
You'll just know. I'm sure that sounds frustrating, but trust me, you'll know. With my first I was induced so I was terrified of going into labor on my own, I had no idea what to expect. Two days before my due date I went into labor in the middle of the night. I woke up around 1:30 and thought, "Wow, that's a really big cramp." And then I realized it might have been a real contraction. (I'd been having BH for a few weeks.) I was able to go back to sleep and then at 3:30 I woke up again with the same cramp. And then there were more. My husband woke up, asked what was wrong and I said, "I think we might be having a baby today." I tried to go back to sleep but couldn't, so a little over an hour later I got up to time the contractions. By about 6:00 they were about 5 minutes apart so we took my daughter to my aunt's house and went to the hospital. A little after 8 that night my baby boy was born!

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