I get those sharp shooting (almost pinching) pains in my cervix, and I definitey associate it with dilation because I have checked on nights after I have felt it during the day and I hve progressed more. Doesn't mean it is what is causing it, but it makes sense to me. It FEELS like tissue splitting and stretching.
Agreed, it totally feels like that to me too. But women can walk around like 4cm dilated for a month so...meaningless! And you can be totally closed and then go into labor the next day. There are so many factors that dictate when you go into labor -- some ignited by our bodies, some ignited by baby. I try not to think about it too much or else I'll go crazy. LOL!
Also -- in the chronicles of "way in which our pregnancies are similar," my baby is also ROA. But all my babies hang out in that position (rather than LOA) until labor! It's got to be something about my physiology/pelvis but I'll be darned if I know what it is.
BeanBean -- It is definitely normal to have BH without feeling them. It's actually super common to notice while palpating a woman without the woman realizing she's having one!