At 41 weeks with my second baby, I had an urge to stay home. Through the morning I just felt like staying around the house, neighborhood. At about lunch time I thought I had a cramp~ like diarrhea. But right away my belly tightened. A few minutes later it happened again.
And soon I realized these were coming on regularly. (first birth doesn't count-- induced so no signs of labor)
And I never had prenatal vaginal exams, so I don't know dilation.
my back was killing me a few days- 2 weeks before..my stomach started cramping, or what i thought was cramping, and it was happening every few minutes..for a whole weekend i dealt with this worsening contraction pain in the tummy and back bc the doc wouldn't admit me bc i wasn't dialated far enough..and on a monday night i had my dd, a day late. lol