Starting yesterday afternoon I noticed myself getting BH contractions pretty frequently. I get them a lot on my bike or if I climb the stairs or something, but much less frequently if I'm just lying there reading a book, as I was doing. Then yesterday evening I was just sitting watching TV and I was getting them every 5 minutes. I finally mentioned this to DH, who freaked of course. He spent the rest of the evening asking me why I was breathing "that way" and such. I don't know if I was actually breathing any differently than usual. I might have been doing a bit more blowing out through pursed lips as I was having contractions. By midnight or so I had a headache, which I normally rarely get and my back even hurt a bit. DH kept asking me if it was going to be tonight, if he needed to blow up the pool, etc.
It had mostly chilled out by about 1am and I went to bed. I woke up to pee my usual 3 or 4 times before 3am and in those last ones I wondered again because I felt just desperate to pee and it was only 10 minutes after my last pee and I hadn't had anything to drink for several hours. Then I finally got a chunk of sleep in.
With both of my last babies I had a day of pretty frequent but not at all painful contractions and then they were born the next day. This is probably not that. I am only 35+4. (The other two were born at 39+1 and 38+4, respectively.) But does anyone here know how concerned I should be if it does turn into labor at this early stage? I officially couldn't have a home birth until 37. I have had an ultrasound that put me about 4 days ahead of where I actually am, so I suppose I can call myself 36+1 for official purposes. I absolutely want nothing to do with the hospital. Do you think I could safely stay home at this stage? My midwife would probably do it (the protocol here doesn't allow breech at home but she will do it for mothers who are committed to home birth), but if she wouldn't and I thought it would be safe I would opt to UC before I'd go to the hospital.
I don't know if this baby is a boy or a girl. With DD, I had lots of attempted medical intervention in the last weeks and an OB told me that girls develop about a week faster than boys, so lung development is less of a concern at this point if it's a girl. That's just an FYI for the rest of you since I don't know the sex.
Thoughts? Now that I've actually said this, I'll probably go to 43 weeks....