I'm 37 and a bit weeks and they're really starting to wind me up now. I've had them since 16 weeks but just a couple a day. Last couple of weeks I've had the odd run of mild ones on a night.
Yesterday I had 7 hours of them 5 minutes apart, with my whole bump going rock hard. Stopped at tea time for a couple of hours and then started getting period type cramps. Thought this was it! Turned into painful contractions till I finally fell asleep and they stopped
This is my 5th baby, you would think my body would have a clue by now!
I got a bit of warning but with the pregnancy I had been in hospital 3 times so was paranoid it was a false start again difference was that time I felt like I needed toilet constantly which led to me going into proper labour. Dc1 was 14hrs dc2 was 9 but would have been quicker but he got his ear stuck out of my cervix at 9cms and I stopped dilating until he moved dc3 was 3 hrs dc4 was 11hrs but he was prem and I had complications. Think this one will be just a quick so hoping for a home birth but midwife wants me to use a new unit but we will see.