Contractions in Labor
Most women will experience Braxton-Hicks Contractions during their pregnancy. Braxton-Hicks contractions are just your body practicing for real labor. Braxton-Hicks contractions will not cause changes to your cervix, they will not be regular, and often they will stop with increased activity or position changes.
Real labor contractions will be longer, stronger and closer together. Real labor contractions should have a pattern to them. As labor progresses your contractions will hurt more and come more regularly. Real contractions cause cervical effacement and dilation.
If you hare having more than 5 contractions in an hour and they do not go away after you drink water and rest then you need to call your doctor.