FTM here, and just wondering what is going on. I think I'm having some prodromal labor, but it's not letting up at all. I'm 37+ weeks. Been having braxton hicks for weeks, way up high, feels like baby balling up, stomach gets hard as a rock, doesn't hurt. Last night around 8:30 I started getting these down low, contractions that tended to wrap around to my sides and back. Had super loose bowel movement (sorry), and went to bed around 9:30. The few times I woke up during the night I noticed contractions in my back. Then at 4:30am I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep, so I laid there for a couple hours having contractions, and pretty much ignoring them. At 6:30 I timed a few and they were a little under 60 seconds and around 5 minutes apart, but not super uncomfortable.
Then things slowed down so I went to work. They've been going on all day, sometimes 4 minutes apart, then I won"t have any for 20 minutes or so, then they come back again, they haven't gone away completely all day. I've had a little crying episode, and another bout of loose stool. They seem a little more intense than this morning, but not like whoa this it. I've tried changing from sitting in my chair to my yoga ball, walking around the office a bit, but nothing seems to make a difference either way.
I've been thinking if this was real labor it would have picked up by now, but also if it's false labor shouldn't it have quit or at least slowed down by now?
I don't mind the practice, and want baby to ready when he/she comes, BUT I want to know when to not go to work, lol. If I was home I'd be resting, at work that's a little tough to do, and I worry that if it picks up when I get home I won't be as rested as I'd like.
So any moms who've done this before have any stories/advice they'd like to offer?