Helllo ladies, I am 25w + 5d and have been in the hospital for premature labor for a week. I have had the steroid shots and was told it is too late for a stitch. They have sent me home but expect me to give birth fairly soon as my cervix is down to 8mm. We live over an hour from the hospital and I was wondering just how long labor lasts for premmies? How did you know you were in labor? I have been having contractions that are painless for two weeks now and am afraid I won't know when it's the real deal and have heard horror stories of people not knowing they were dilated. Many Thanks!