Short story: 33 weeks. Yesterday about 4 o clock I started to feel really bad. Nausea, crampyish feeling, and in my back I felt a dull throbbing pain. Debated, but called doctor and she asked me to come in for observation. My cervix is still long and the swab test (starts with an F) came back negative for preterm labor. BUT, on the monitor I could "see" when my contractions were and they matched up with the pain in my lower back. I have had braxton hicks since 24 weeks and this was different. The nurses and doctor said it may be that because the baby has dropped, contractions are hurting worse in my back.
So...I felt a little silly being there. Even though there were contractions I could see on the monitor, no one seemed overly concerned and they told me to keep dehydrated and rest when I start to feel contractions like I felt last night.
Is it common to have little contractions this early?
Do these contractions mean anything about how soon I will go into labor? Could I have these for the next 7 weeks and still make it to 40 weeks?
To those who have been to L&D and in my situation, did your doctor seem concerned?