For the past few weeks I have been feeling pretty good contractions none that ever get into a good pattern, ( that has never happened to me until I hit transition anyway). With my DD I had preterm labor and was on bed rest for like 7 weeks, and then with my DS I started to dilate and efface early but was never put on bed rest. Anyway since I have the history I am always a bit paranoid about PTL. I mentioned what was going on to my OB at my last visit and she had me do a NST which did not pick up any of my contractions, which I felt a few while there. So I think she just dismissed me as being paranoid and left it at that. I know something has been going on down there I can feel it. I know it has been almost 7 years since my last baby, but still. So since I am a previous student midwife I do know how to check myself so I decided to today and, HOLY CRAP!!! I am like 80% effaced my cervix is soooooo soft and I am about 2 cm dilated!!!! Ugh, I knew I wasn't crazy!! I am not too worried yet because the exact same thing happened with both of my other kids and they came at 40 and 37 weeks. But still there is that little piece of me that worries and says to take it easy. I am def mentioning this to my OB on my appt on Wed. I am sure she will think I am crazy but I will tell her she can check for herself!! It is exciting to know that my body is making a move in the right direction and that all this pain and discomfort is accomplishing something!!!