This is going to sound totally cliche, but you will know when it's labor. However, if you're worried, call your doctor. I know for me, the contractions were across my whole stomach, but every woman is different. Also, not having any show or water breaking doesn't really mean anything. Some women never have their water break during labor. Time the pains and call your doctor, that's the best thing to do.
Thanks hun, well its been around 5 hours (from 2am - 7am roughly) and the pains have now eased a bit, although are still there. Ive managed to sleep a little in between but will be keeping a close eye on things today and taking it easy!
Although the pain has been constant, it has dulled and increased at intervals (I timed them at one point at the increased pain lasted 35 secs, and there was 10 mins inbetween)
Sounds like it could be the latent phase of labour. That's how mine started with my first baby, but I didn't really realise until my waters broke (at which point the pain intensified and because very regular).
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