My Braxton Hicks contractions have intensified, but still are not 'painful'. With the extra stress over the past day or two, they've come as frequently as 5 minutes apart (and a couple that seemed to be right on top of each other) but still aren't REGULAR for more than about half an hour at a time.
The thing that worries me about this now - considering I still have 19 weeks to go - is that I don't want to become de-sensitized to these contractions, so that I ignore actual labor until it gets to the point that I don't have time to even GET to the hospital. So even though I know (duh!) that this is not real labor, I am still making myself time them - keeping track on a little notepad. Someone told me "there's an app for that" so I may look into that for my new iPad! LOL
And then I have to make sure that timing them is not going to contribute to even more stress (creating more contractions....)
I don't think I like where this cycle is going.
Maybe I could run away from all the stress instead? I'm thinking a nice relaxing spa resort somewhere, or perhaps a really really really long cruise. *sigh* Unfortunately not an option, but maybe I can still go squeeze in that massage I have been promising myself.