I feel like an idiot when other women talk about contractions or when the doctor asks if I have them. I don't know! Sometimes I notice a little tightening, but only if I'm really trying to pay attention and even then I don't know if it's just the sensation of baby moving around. My belly always feels firm, like a rock, and I don't notice it feeling harder at some times than others.
Even last pregnancy, when my water broke and I went in they asked if I have contracting...I said no, because I didn't think I was, but when they put me on the monitor there were regular, decent contractions going on. It wasn't until maybe an hour later that I was noticing contractions and I was already 6 or 7 (hard to remember) cm dilated and was at 10 and pushing within another hour. And never at any point in the process could I tell you excatly when they began or ended in order to time or count them...they went from I barely noticed to extreme and so close to continuous that I couldn't identify the end of one and the beginning of the next.
I'm worried that if my water doesn't break I won't know to go in until delivery is very near. ...and with a LO to make arrangements for this time I'm worried about how much time I'll have.