Last night I had PAINFUL contractions for about 6 hours. They would last 10-60 seconds, come every 10 minutes for a while and then eventually every 20-30 minutes, and felt by far worse than any menstrual cramp I've ever had. The pain was located in my entire pelvis, back and front, and upper thighs/hips. I lost my mucous plug at 6am. In essence they occurred about three times an hour throughout the night, never hitting that desired pattern of 5-1-1 (ie. every 5 minutes, lasting 1 minute, occurring this way over an hour).
I thought for SURE that this would be the start of labor, but today have had these kinds of contractions again randomly. Most of them have been less intense. I called my doc, and was told to go into L&D. The nurse checked my cervix (only 2cm!!!!), did a NST (was fine), checked serial bp's (borderline high), drew labs due to isolated high bp readings (CBC, LFTs, renal panel all fine).
So, the result of all that pain was that my cervix only dilated to 2cm, and I lost my mucous plug. BUMMER. These contractions were so painful, that I now completely fear hardcore labor. I wish that my water would just break & put me out of my misery. I am DREADING the possibility of experiencing this for another several days.
Nurses said that sometimes labor starts this way, and can persist for several days (even a week, ugh!)...