I'm 38 weeks preg with number 2 bub.
Lastnight I was awake pretty much all night with painful contractions, but they weren't regular at all. I ended up taking a panadeine forte because they were getting quite bad, but it didn't really make much difference. The last one was at about 5am then they stopped for a few hours.
Since about 10 though, I've been having more. They're quite frequent but again, not regular. Last timings were 12 minutes, then 3 minutes, then 5, then 4, then 7.. All last 45-60 seconds. Changing position doesn't help, in fact a few have got worse when I've tried to move around. And they're pretty intense. Can't do anything else when they come, besides force myself to breath..
I've had a couple of false labour 'episodes' over the past few weeks, but nothing as long-lasting as this.
I'm a bit worried that I won't recognise when I'm in "real" labour (sounds dumb I know), but DD was posterior so I've only experienced an EXCRUCIATING posterior labour. (I know labour doesn't tickle at the best of times!).. I know everyone says "you'll know".. but the only thing I'm really going by is the pain factor.. and I don't expect to feel the same as bub is facing the right way this time.
Also didn't lose my plug or have my waters break until several hours into it, and I was almost fully dilated when they both happened last time. I was already in the hospital about to be induced when I went into labour, so I haven't ever had the warning signs.