The difference between true labor and false labor:
Most expectant mothers experience uterine contractions before the onset of true labor. These Braxton-Hicks contractions or practice contractions can occur almost any time during the pregnancy, but are more common during the last few weeks before delivery. Sometimes it is very difficult to tell the difference between the practice contractions and true labor. Listed below are some of the differences between Braxton Hicks contractions (practice contractions or false labor) and true labor. Regardless of your expected delivery date, if you think you are having contractions stop what you are doing and time your contractions. As you time your contractions, compare your contractions with the ones described below. If you think you are in labor, follow your doctor’s instructions. If you are not sure, call your doctor and follow his/her instructions.