Contracting or not?

Last night I woke up with what felt like menstrual cramps around 4 am. In my sleepy mind…I thought maybe I should see how long this feeling lasts…so I started counting. It lasted about 20 seconds and then I went back to sleep and didn’t experience any thing else like it for the rest of the night.

So…was that a contraction? I think so. Sometimes I get really low pelvic pain, but I am pretty sure it’s just the baby grinding his head around. It only lasts a few seconds. People have described Braxton hicks to me as a painless tightening of the belly. Well…my belly feels tight all of the time so….

I have my 37 week appointment tomorrow and I dying to know if I have made any changes to my dilation status. At the same time…last nights possible contraction opened my eyes to the reality of labor. It’s coming and we are now on the soon side of sooner rather than later!