Labour started spontaneously at 39+6. I was worried I wouldn't recognise labour but you just kind of know when it happens! It felt like braxton hicks but a little painful so I started thinking this was it. Through the night they were becoming regular but not overly painful. It just slowly got more painful and more frequent. After 30+ hours of this caper DD arrived with the help of forceps (she started going into distress when she descended as the cord was around her neck a couple of times). My water didn't break until a couple of hours before she was born and I was well and truly in established labour.