I am 36weeks today with my first and a little worried.

I have occassional period-like pains and lots of Braxton Hicks after any sort of movement (walking, travelling on busses or trains): is this usual or a sign of the impending arrival of my baby?

Please advise me, especially as my partner is planning to be away this weekend and we are both terrified that he would miss the birth!!

Many thanks for any help you can give me :-)