28th October 2012 10:07Hi all; just curious as to how labour feels when it starts with contractions and would love to hear your experiences. I'm 39 weeks and am getting painful Brixton hicks on and off since Tue. I know this isn't labour but am curious what to look out for. I have read contractions last no more than 1 min at max intensity - is this true? I know it's diff for everyone but I guess I'm a little anxious really and would love it to start. My last labour started with a show, Bh's and then my waters went so didn't get to experience early on set contractions. Also do you always need to have a show first? Thanks in advance for sharing you experiences (Posted in M&K also).