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!