braxton hicks contractions. i have a history of preterm labor with my first pregnancy (this is my 2nd), and last night i thought i was actually having real contractions, they were about 8-10 minutes apart for about an hour or two. the pain was a little bit more intense than a mild menstrual cramp. it honestly felt like the contractions i was having when i was in active labor and was 5 cm dilated. i finally went to sleep, and they didn't return when i woke up. but ever since a couple days ago, i feel like my stomach always feels achey/crampy, and that it has a full/heavy/hard but not like braxton hicks hard, feeling. it kind of feels tight but not like the semi-intense tight it gets with braxton hicks.
i was still dilated from when i had my DD who's now 2, until i got pregnant this February. my cervix always stayed open about a finger's length, which i guess would be 1 cm? idk if that's because i had a child, or because i had an IUD at my 6 week PP check-up... or a combination of both. well my DF said he can't feel my cervix when we have sex because it's so high up. i haven't tried to feel for it either, but now it has me wondering if it is at all any dilated. should i go ahead and do a cervical check?.. or try anyway?