Hi all, I've been more of a viewer of this forum over last couple of weeks, and found the posts very useful. However Im 38 weeks plus 1 and have lost some of my plug this morning and have period style cramping which are quite frequent. The cramps are manageable although Hurt so not looking forward to actual contractions. I was wondering therefore how do you know the difference between period cramping and actual contractions and How long after you started losing your plug did you go into labour ? I've spoken to my midwife and she said that if the cramping gets worse or I can't manage the pain then to ring the hospital.