Prodromal labor is often called false labor. It is somewhere in between Braxton Hicks contractions and active labor contractions. It is the part of labor that occurs before active labor but doesnt progress toward delivery.
This type of labor typically begins within hours, days or weeks before active labor begins.Prodromal labor consists of contractions that can be fairly regular (between 5-10 minutes apart) and can be painful like active labor contractions. Each contraction typically lasts just shy of one minute. These contractions are preparatory. They encourage the baby into a suitable birthing position and prepare the muscles, ligaments, and pelvis for active labor. They may also help prepare the mother for active labor.