I am so confused, ladies. I have been googling everything and asking other women about what labor feels like, but am still SO confused. My first pregnancy ended in a scheduled C Section due to a breech baby so I never went into labor. So, let me explain…
On Sunday my husband and I were driving in the car and I started having some massive pressure/contractions/pain in my uterus. It wasn’t suddenly brought on, it had been slowly starting over the last couple hours. But suddenly it got a lot more intense, and the only way I can really explain the feeling was ‘bearing down’ like the baby’s head was literally on its way out. I thought for a second the baby would come out in the car. It was some pretty intense pressure and pain. It subsided for a minute, as contractions do, and we were able to get home. I got home and tried to resume normal activities, but had to stop every few minutes to breathe through another contraction. I thought, ‘this is it!’ and called the hospital to ask her if I could be in labor. She asked me a bunch of questions and agreed that yes, I probably was. I should time the contractions and come in when they were five minutes apart. We started getting ready for it, but then I finally just sat down and relaxed and the contractions and pain subsided…and then disappeared altogether.
So what the heck was that?! It seemed a lot more serious than Braxton Hicks, more regular and increasing with intensity. I guess it’s fairly common for early labor to start and stop? But that’s so unfair.
P.S. Yesterday was my sweet boy’s birthday…now he is 2. More about that later when I am not so frustrated with pregnancy.