Yesterday, I was having mild contractions that were about 6 minutes apart. They grew stronger and closer together (4-5 minutes apart). I am 38 weeks tomorrow. My Dh and I went to the hospital around 6 pm. I had really strong timely contractions for a good two hours at the hospital. I didn't progress... I stayed at 2 cm. My doc advised the nurses to give me demeral (strong pain meds) and to send me home. The pain meds wore off and I started having strong on and off contractions again at 3 am and lasted to about 8am. I went to my perinatologist appt and my contractions had somewhat subsided. I have been having strong very painful contractions all day, but not super timely. Will I just have to deal with this pain until I am induced next Frida? This seems to be cruel!! I feel stupid going back to the hospital just for them to do the same thing. Plus, How do I know if I have progressed if I don't go??? I just don't want to be that girl that waited too long and has her baby on the way to the hospital... They will do anything to keep the baby in until 39 weeks, but man... this pain is ridiculous... I don't want to feel like I've been in labor for a week... This just doesn't seem right? This is my first baby, so I really don't know what to expect... any suggestions?