So this is my first pregnancy and everything is new for me. I'm 37 weeks today. I've been having braxton hicks contractions for weeks now. My belly gets hard and tight starting at the top, spreads downwards a bit, lasts about 30 sec to a minute and then goes away. It's a little weird feeling, but hasn't been painful at all. Sometimes I'll have a few close together but then wont have another for hours. I haven't at any point felt like they were anything close to the "real" thing.
Now the past few days I've been feeling something else occasionally in addition to the BH contractions. It feels more like menstrual crampiness, is much lower, and is a little painful. Is this also a prelabor sign or is that just the pressure of the baby's head? He made a significant drop 2.5 weeks ago and was at -2 station last Thursday so maybe he's just moved down a bit more?