Early labor?


Ok so I’m 39 weeks and 5 days and today at my ob appointment my doctor mentioned how it sucked that I have basically been in early labor for 2+ weeks because I’ve been contracting for weeks (a lot of the time it’s consistent and gets pretty painful then just stops after several hours). I had never heard of anyone being in early labor for that long and wondered if anyone else has experienced this or if they had advice? I’m getting tired of it and the past 4 days my contractions have gotten stronger and I haven’t been able to sleep much at night. And they have been doing nst on me weekly for over a month now so they have actually caught my regular strong contractions on the monitors. Anyways, I’m a ftm so I just wanna know if anyone else has experienced this??