I have had an intense pressure feeling since about 3am (like I need a poo) braxton hicks for the past 2hours varying between 5 and 10 mins in between, getting painful but not majorly so and an increase in pressure feeling during these. I am 38+2 and this is my 3rd but I have never gone into labour on my own before (been induced). What do you reckon?
You start with the: Latent phase: 0-3 centimeters Active Labor: 4-7 centimeters Transition: 8-10 centimeters Complete: 10 centimeters. Delivery of the infant takes place shortly after this stage is reached
The latent phase: This will feel more like a menstruation kind of pain. Or just some on comfortableness in your belly. It's possible for labor to stop in this phase. (false start) But you might have some cm dilation.
Sly that description of latent labour sounds like breeze compared to what mine was like.
Rhubarb rest while you can! The beginning of messing about can be exhausting. Both me and my dsis had a few days/nights of very painful contractions before it actually started to regulate. These were just as painful as the first stages of proper labour!