I started having contractions yesterday evening. They became regular, about every 5 minutes, lasting for about 45 seconds to a minute. This went on for about an hour and a half and then a migraine started. As a FTM I don't have a frame of reference so I followed the typical 511 rule and went in. Had a great OB in the er who monitored me for over an hour. She could see the regular contractions. Only problem is I remained 2cm 60% effaced. She said I'm in early labor and would be much more comfortable at home until things progressed. I asked when to come back in aside from water breaking, bleeding, etc.and she said oh you'll know when it's time. I'm sure that instinct is true but am mostly frustrated that contractions could continue like this without progressing dilation. Thankfully she gave me pain meds strong enough to knock out the migraine and will hopefully let me get some sleep.
Anyone have any experience with early labor? Obviously everyone is different but would love to hear other's experiences.