I have been having on and off back pains/leg pains/pelvis pains (like period cramps), contractions etc for the nearly two weeks now. My midwife has said that this is a good sign that my body is preparing but I am just wondering how long I can expect to wait. My due date is next week friday but i have been reading some interesting articles into ethnic minority pregnancies and according to big study, certain minorities tend to gestate fully at 39 weeks (I am of black Caribbean origin). Anywhoo my main question is with all the pains I have been having can I estimate how long real labour is going to take. I am even in quite bad pain now but I know later it will go away again only to return either tomorrow or late evening.