Hi John and Doves,
Are you saying that we seem to be on a countdown - as in
5,4,3,2,1, blast off (numbers wise)? Because that's how real
contractions work as well. They get closer together. The first "pangs"
(such a mild word) when one is giving birth, are far apart. They start
off (when one is in labor, proper) about half an hour apart. The
hospital will tell you to only come in when the contractions are
regular and approx 5 minutes apart. Initially, the intensity of the
contractions (labor pains) are not too significant. It's the regularity
that is the key to true labor resulting in child birth. The minute a
pattern develops, you KNOW you are in true labor and not just
experiencing Braxton Hicks (a form of 'practice' type contractions that
a woman experiences in preparation for the real thing) These Braxton
Hicks are as involuntary as true labor pain. They just happen and,
whilst uncomfortable, they are not painful as such. A woman knows that
the birth is close when the contractions almost blend into each other.
There's very little respite in between. An in depth, comprehensive
study of the birthing process is crying out to be done by a Christian
female, medical professional. Someone who has experienced childbirth as
well. Actually - any professional insight would be of enormous value.