For the last several days I've been having these episodes of significant and wicked cramping/contractions. Feels like the worst menstrual cramps ever (although prior to being pregnant I never really experienced severe menstrual cramping). They're not like the contractions I've been taught to expect for the beginning of labor, mostly because they're not consistent or predictable, and they last 5-20 minutes rather than the 1 minute they're supposed to. I've been having 5-6 episodes like this per day, although they seem to be worse at night.
I can feel them coming on and then I just brace myself for major pain. It's the kind of pain where I have to mentally transport myself to my 'peaceful place' and just close my eyes and try to breathe until the crampiness finally releases. And when it does, I go back to feeling just fine.
Sometimes I do still feel the painless tightening of the BH, which are far less bothersome to me now that I'm having these real pains...
I finally called my doctor and told her. I don't want to go to the birthing center just to be told it's nothing and then be sent home, but she told me to go in and get checked out. Seems like a good idea. So when Scott gets home from work we're gonna head over.