I've been having off and on period like cramping accompanied by back pain today. Its been very irregular but has hung around all day. I was wondering(for those of you who have been in labor before or have recently had a baby), where exactly is the back pain associated with actual contractions. Mine is and has been really low, like right above my butt crack area(nice description huh lol). It seems to ease a bit when DH pushes on it but its is quite prominent on both sides, then it kind of wraps around every now and again. The cramping in the front has been off and on too, and gets even worse when LO starts moving around. I haven't had much upper stomach tightening(like the bh that I have had), so I dont know if you need to have that in order for them to be real contractions. I'm just trying to decide if these are actual contractions or just some cramping along with low back pain. I've had a definite increase in pressure down low today also. Early labor possibly? I told DH that it would be so much easier if I knew exactly what things felt like and what was going on. I had the urge to be sure everything was packed today just in case, so I dont know if that means anything but I'm just confused by it all. Help...lol. Thanks ladies!