I had a prenatal appointment today and the midwife began it by asking me some questions one of which was, "Have you started having contractions yet?" I responded that I didn't think so. I never got the tightening sensation, but I had been getting crampy in the evenings and at night but that I wasn't sure if it was just part of my normal aches and pains or something more. She said it could be Braxton Hicks, but wasn't necessarily so.
Later, as she was doing my abdominal exam, she said, "You're having a contraction right now. Do you feel how hard it is there?"
I said, "I thought that was just the baby pushing against the wall of my stomach."
She said, "No, those are contractions."
I started laughing and said, "Well, in that case, yes, I have contractions all the time."
What a dummy! Who doesn't know they're having contractions? Hopefully this means an easy labor.