I'm 38+ weeks and have been having irregular and painless but very strong contractions for about a week now, that have gotten steadily stronger. My waters haven't broken and no show yet, but the contractions have started coming with severe period-like cramps and backache since this morning.
They're usually irregular but the past half hour has seen one contraction every few minutes. They're still not bite-my-lip painful but are getting steadily worse.
My question is as above; even though they aren't too painful, has anyone ever been admitted into hospital with something like this? I don't want to waste time going there only to be sent home immediately.
Sorry for the wait! I had a midwife appointment today so wanted to get her opinion, as I've had quite a few actually painful contractions since this post started.
The good news is that baby is fully engaged, in a perfect birthing position and my midwife thinks the contractions are the start of labour! She said she'd be amazed if I still needed my 40 week appointment! So exciting!
I did ask her to check whether or not I was dilating but she told me they're not allowed until 40 weeks. But she seems confident that this is the start of things!
Just do take timing predictions with a pinch of salt. My mw was convinced I'd have DC3 at 38 weeks. He was a shade under 42! Hopefully that won't be you, but it can be emotionally tough if you've convinced yourself you won't go over and you do.
I don't have painful labours until I am pushing, so routinely the midwives don't believe how far along I am when I say I am in labour. Last time (DC4), they only believed me because I announced I could feel the baby's head!