Meg called me on her way home from work (around 4:30). She told me she was having cramps. I asked her if she thought she was having contractions and of course she responded with, "I don't know. I've never had a contraction before." I wanted to call her a smart ass, but I knew this was my first shot at demonstrating my supportive, calm side.
I told her to breathe and asked her to describe the pain. I then googled Braxton Hicks Contractions. Braxton Hicks Contractions occur when the muscles of the uterus tighten. They are essentially practice contractions.
Meg's contractions occurred off and on for a little over an hour. Everything on the internet suggested that women (who are less than 37 weeks pregnant) should contact their doctor if they experience more than 4 contractions in one hour...we didn't listen.
Instead, we took a slow stroll around the block, drank lots of water, took a warm shower, and then rested in bed.
All is well.