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I have been suffering from painful but irregular contractions for a couple of weeks

Hi Alex,
I am 37 weeks pregnant. I have been suffering from painful but irregular contractions for a couple of weeks and have been told that it is irritable uterus. Last night at 10pm I had a little discharge which had a small amount of blood in it. Then from midnight until present I have had excruciating lower back pain. Still no regular contractions. I dont want to go to hospital unneccesarily and just be sent home. Does it sound like I could be in labour soon? Thanks for your advice.
Nic

Sarah...
Answer: Hi Nic, Thank you for your enquiry. It can be very tiring experiencing these sort of contractions in late pregnancy. The good news is that it is preparing your body for labour and when labour does start it will be faster than otherwise. It is very difficult to determine when your labour will begin but when the contractions are painful and regular this is a good sign. Best wishes, Alex
Answered: 01 Mar 2008