I'm 37 weeks 1 day pregnant. I've been having random cramping/mildly painful contractions on & off for a couple of weeks now. Then today I had regular, painful contractions around 17 minutes apart for several hours. My first labour started out exactly like this so I couldn't help but get a bit nervous/excited. However, the contractions have fizzled out.
I'm wondering, if you've had false alarms, how long did it take until "real", baby-producing labor happened?
I *know* it can vary greatly and that some women go through this for weeks on end before the main event happens. I'm just curious to hear about other peoples' experiences.