Frequent, rythmic BH and cervical change
With DD1, I walked around at 2-3 for a month before she came...maybe longer, as Dr. started cervical checks at 37 weeks and I was already 2 cm at that time.
This time I am noticing stronger, more frequent BH in the past few days... I haven't checked my cervix, but they go away when I S.L.O.W. down and hydrate myself.
EVERY single time I come home from work, I have rather strong BH. Its a reminder that I pushed myself a little too hard... when I get home and lay on my left side, take some deep breaths, and hydrate myself, they always go away. This is also my third baby and I find the BH are much stronger than with the other kids (I didn't have any at all with baby #1).
My cervix is also soft. After a birth or two, it will never be completely "closed." Keep in mind that there is an external and internal OS to the cervix and even if the outer os is slightly open, the internal os should be closed tight. If you lose a lot of mucous or have other strange discharge (bleeding, etc) please call your healthcare provider. As soon as you begin contracting, lay down on your left side and drink tons of water. If you have rhythmic ctx for an hour and they don't stop when you rest and hydrate, I would definitely call your provider.
Don't be anxious, but also... don't take chances with preterm labor! :)
Thanks everyone! I'm gonna text my midwife this morning. They are still sporadic and mostly happen in the evening (when I'm tired I guess?) but more of them feel like real contractions. With my youngest I was having contractions starting around 2 pm, hard labor hit 6 hours later and he was born 4 hours after that. Some of my BH are stronger/more painful than the contractions I was having at 2 pm with my baby!