This happened to me day before yesterday. Started spotting Sunday, got heavier on Monday, and then Monday night I started contracting, very painfully, but they were irregular. I was finally able to fall asleep for about four hours, but when I woke up, I was spotting even heavier, and it was with mucus. This is my second child, so I knew my mucus plug was coming out. I started cramping pretty heavily, which scared me. I called my OB and was told to go to L&D at the hospital and have them check my cervix. I was already dilated to a 3. Within two hours, I was dilated to a 5! I was admitted and the contractions started, 7 to 10 minutes apart, and they were getting very intense. My doula came in, and we started our relaxation and breathing treatments. Since I am only 35 weeks, I was put on antibiotics just in case I had an infection, but refused pitocin and refused to have my water broken. I had regular contractions for about 5 hours, and then they petered out. They checked my cervix again, and I was still at a five. The labor literally just stopped. I went to sleep, and when I woke up in the morning they checked again, and still no progress. I was sent home and put on strict bed rest. I am honestly glad because I don't want this baby to have to go to NICU. And now I know what labor pains feel like, so I can prepare myself a little better(had an epidural with 1st baby). Still cramping and bleeding and having random contractions, so I bet I don't go much longer!