I started having a few random contractions yesterday about lunch time, by 9pm they were 8 mins apart and by 11pm they were 5 mins apart lasting about 80secs. I called the hospital and they asked me how I was coping and I said fine because they are not really really painfull, just enough pain to make me stop and concentrate and breathe, but that was it... she said just wait it out and relax at home and come in if it gets worse...
However by 2.30am they were easing off, so I managed to get to sleep and woke up with DH at 4.30. The contractions were still coming every 5 mins however now there was hardly any pain with them - so just a tightening. DH went to work and i'm at home just waiting... I'm still getting the contractions, they have a little pain to them, but still nothing major, just enough to be uncomfortable and for me to know they're there.
I keep getting a pressure feeling like to need to go to toilet (#2) but when I sit down nothing happens... and between contractions I just feel constantly crampy like period cramps and mild lower back pain.
I know everyone is different, but did you have long early labour symptoms? how long did they last before true labour kicked in? Should I be trying to sleep and rest or should I try to keep active like walking so gravity can help?