Not sure what to do. Am 38 weeks just about. Have an ELCS booked next weds but today been feeling terrible. Bad back ache all day getting worse and tightening bump.
I don't want to waste everyone's time going in if its not really labour (husband and toddler at home), but at the same time I don't want to leave it too late so I can't get the ELCS. Reasons for ELCS Baby v large on scans and previous shoulder dystocia. Traumatic prior birth with lots of interventions.
My mw used the motto if in doubt give us a shout. She said they would always prefer to see you/talk on the phone rather than you worrying at home. Can you give your local maternity ward a call for advice, at least to put your mind at rest if nothing else.
I had exactly this and called the labour ward for advice. I'm also booked for an ELCS. They told me not to come in unless I started contracting or had any loss of water or a show. They were adamant that I should ring back ASAP if anything changes, however. Hopefully you've rung yours too and got some helpful advice. Let us know how you get on.
I'm in the same boat - 38 weeks with dc2 and having elcs next Thursday.
I've had a lot of pains that feel like contractions, but I think that happens more if you've had a baby before. A couple of times I've been on the verge of calling the labour ward for advice but it always dies down - but as pps have said, it's always better to call if you're in doubt and then you can get expert advice on whether to go in.