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They told her she had Braxton Hicks contractions and sent her home, despite being two centimetres along.
The Mirror wrote in an online headline that 'Kate is not in labour - but Twitter is having Braxton Hicks contractions ahead of royal baby's arrival.
She revealed she had been getting Braxton Hicks contractions ever since, so feels like her body is getting ready for labour.