cramped up feeling

I’ve had intermittent contractions since about 5AM, but they aren’t getting any stronger or closer together, and they also stopped for a couple hours. I don’t think I’m in labor or anything, but it’s nice to know things are twirling towards freedom. I hadn’t had any real “your pregnancy will be over soon” sensations to speak of and it’s so nice to start getting some of them!

These milder contractions help the baby find the best places to be and help efface the cervix to thin it out. I dislike the term “false labor” applied to them because, unlike Braxton-Hicks contractions earlier in the pregnancy which aren’t actually leading to active labor, these are having an effect on the uterus, baby and cervix – just not necessarily a dilatory one. Prelabor contractions is okay.

Don’t you fret – I’ll post if anything changes.

Six days till EDD, woo!

8 thoughts on “cramped up feeling

  1. Ooh! So excited to meet the newest little Gleeson! Are the kids getting excited?? Hopefully there won’t be any interesting power outages or other mishaps this time around!

  2. Ooo ooo ooo!! I know it’s just prelabour, but every single contx helps :). My friend that is due Feb 3rd has the baby so low and ready to go right now, I’m just on pins and needled seeing which of you goes first! I also hate the term “false labour”—there’s nothing false about those feelings!

  3. Wishing you well. I think about you and the kids a lot. I really hope all goes gently and smoothly for you and the new little one.

  4. I forgot my day and everything, but that’s okay, I’m just excited for you.

    Envisioning smooth and easy labor, lots of love and sleeping kids.

    (hugs)

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