Well, it seems I’ve started very early labor. Way not ready to head to the hospital just yet though.
The doctor’s exam this morning revealed that I’m about 2 cm dilated, and the printout from the fetal monitoring showed I’d had two contractions during that 40-or-so minutes, even though I hadn’t noticed them. Now, I know you can be dilated a couple of centimeters and have secret contractions for a couple of weeks before going into ‘real’ labor, so I got another appointment set up for Monday morning, and then I carried on with the day.
Around 4:30 this afternoon, though, I did start feeling some contractions. Or, at least, some slightly uncomfortable moments of tightness that were repeating, though not necessarily with a regular pattern. Still, they are definitely not random like fetal movements, and they’ve continued through the evening in spite of changing position, walking around, eating dinner, etc. I’m not calling the byouin until they’re either considerably more painful or closer together or both – but, I did finish packing my bag.
It’s 11 pm now and yep, they are definitely still happening anywhere between every six and fifteen minutes, not really changing much, not really getting any more intense. But hey, if this is going to last for many hours (days?), then I’m quite happy it doesn’t actually hurt yet.
It could still be a while yet, but I will try to keep you all updated.