I'm now 36 wks along, and for about the last 8 weeks, I've experienced intermittent contractions, back pain, cervical pain. Twice I've phoned the doctor and at her suggestion went to the hospital to be monitored. They could see the contractions on the monitor. As the weeks have gone on, these contractions have gotten worse, but still, there is no change in my cervix. Still closed, as of 4 days ago! I have gotten to the point where I just ignore them, although they are quite painful. Today I actually had to sit down during my walk - that was a first! -- due to the pain. It just doesn't seem fair that I have to go through the pain of contractions without getting any closer to having this baby.
So my question: am I actually getting closer, somehow? I mean, do these false contractions have some sort of effect on my body that is more subtle than a dilated cervix but still just as necessary? I'm looking for an upside, I think it would be less frustrating for me if I knew I was "accomplishing" something!