So this last week was really busy, and I probably pushed myself a little too hard, I'm hoping that's what caused this.
On Saturday I noticed that I had quite a few Braxton Hicks throughout the day. Yesterday, I had what I believe were some contractions that were different from Braxton Hicks. I had terrible back labor with DD, and that's also what my menstrual cramps feel like, and that's what I was experiencing. I laid down, drank water, etc. and they gradually eased up over a few hours. They weren't very close together, and each one was less uncomfortable than the previous one, but it took quite awhile before it went away. They were all in my back, where as with Braxton Hicks I feel them in my abdomen.
I never had anything like this happen when I was pregnant with DD. Anyone have any experience with it? I decided not to call my midwife because they were gradually going away (I would have if they had stayed at the same intensity), but I will definitely talk to her about it when I see her on Wednesday. I just tried to rest and stay calm and that seemed to do the trick. The baby was (and has been) moving a normal amount and all that. It just made me nervous.
Update- I saw my midwife today and she and my doula (who I spoke to yesterday) both think that the contractions were because I was a little dehydrated, so I just need to watch my water intake now that it's getting hotter. My midwife said that contractions in my back could also be caused by the round ligaments stretching as my uterus grows. She said I did all the right things, and not to worry about it. Little guy sounded good at the appointment, and I'm measuring right on schedule. Just wanted to let you know how it turned out!