I've been experiencing this for a couple of weeks, too. I have contractions continuously every day for the last 2-3 days or so. It seems I have them in various patterns...10 minutes apart for a few hours, 5 minutes apart for a couple hours later on, and a few just sporatic, irregular ones over the course of an hour or so. But they aren't getting any more intense. They are stronger than the ones I was having last week, but not baby producing...yet!
They also feel different depending on my position. If I am laying or sitting down, they are concentrated real low in a sharp, pulling sensation. If I'm standing or walking, my belly gets rock hard all over and very round. Sometimes I feel them in my hips and lower back no matter how I'm positioned. Anyone else notice this?
I hate this constant feeling of "is this it?!" and I can't take the phone calls from family "Today's not a good day" or "Tonight is good for me"
I really don't care!
My contractions are also "real", not just braxton-hicks, since I am dilated to 4 as of Tuesday. And its not that I want a long, drawn out labor, but I definately don't want to be rushing to fill the tub, get the kids settled, have my husband get home and the midwife here. It makes me anxious to think it could go real fast, I'd like it to at least be gradual too. I've had a real, short intense labor before and I hated it! I need time to build myself up to that kind of pain!