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So many fast labors! What's your secret!?

post #1 of 14
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Well, maybe there's no secret, but it just seems like there's been so many fast ones. Anyone do anything special like RRL tea, EPO, lots of walking, nipple stimulation.....anything?.....that I can copy?
post #2 of 14
I don't know, but am curious too...so far its been 21 hr. since my water broke...hmmm...tried pumping, walking, warm bath, tea...nothing that made contractions that stuck around...help!
post #3 of 14
Hmm, I think part of it is genetics? My sis had labor that was 8 hrs too but my mom's was longer so maybe we did something that helped? I did RRL tea about 3 cups/day the week prior and 2 cups for a couple of weeks before that. I was also doing EPO orally and vaginally. I posted the amount somewhere else and can't remember right now but I was taking one capsule orally and two vaginally then I doubled it the next week and would have tripled it the next but never got there I'm not sure how much weight I give to the effect of the supplements but I think the main thing that I did that helped labor go fast and smooth was to relax, move/walk around, and I was at home where I felt most comfortable. I think it is a big deal how you feel about your surroundings and about the upcoming birth. That being said, we are all different and all babies need to come in their own way, so a mom might be totally at peace and relaxed but the labor might be longer and slower because that is the way it needs to be!
post #4 of 14
I agree that some of it is a family thing, at least in our family. My mom's labors were always short, with her getting to the hospital "just in time" for both my brother and I. My labors have been induced, but then are pretty short - 7 1/2 hours for one and 3 hours for the other. My mom always tells me I should thank her for this. : )
post #5 of 14
I think genetics and your own personal biology are what determines it for the most part. I interviewed my mother and maternal aunt on their labors to see if this was true.

My mother's 3 gestations were early 1-2 weeks and her labors were 4-6 hours. My aunt's 3 gestations were late a few days to 2 weeks and her labors were long, with two needing augmenting. I seem to take after my aunt - long gestations with long labors.
post #6 of 14
I think for me it's that it was my third labor. DS1 I was in labor (hard, back labor with contractions every 10 min) for 31 hours. With DS2, same deal but for about 25. This time it was only about 7. So keep having babies I guess
post #7 of 14
No secret here. I can say that my first was NOT short~ 26 hours. The next 4 labors have been between 1 & 3 hours, with the 3 hour labor being the easiest in my opinion. Shorter is not always better!! Those crazy hard double peaking contractions right from the beginning are not fun. I don't think I do anything to make the labors short, that's just the way they are. Once it starts, contractions are never more than 3 minutes apart, and if I move even slightly it brings on a contraction. I've always hoped for a labor that was a little longer because I thought it might be a bit easier with a bit of a break between contractions, I got closest to "calm" this time.

Kat
post #8 of 14
Denial that I am in labor until I am quite far along.
I admitted that I was in labor around 1:30, baby born at 5:49. My contractions never got closer than...um, well we didn't time them, but even when I was pushing I had at least a minute of rest between contractions. In fact, his head came out in one contraction, and it was another two minutes until the rest of him was born because I didn't have another contraction right away. Kinda freaked my midwife out a little, but he's fine.
post #9 of 14
RRL tincture. EPO orally, and as needed vaginally. Homeopathic remedy...pullsatilla, sepia, blue and black cohashes, arnica...but mostly, lots of sitting with bottoms of feet together the entire pregnancy. Keeps the pelvis open.

Clary sage eo (for smelling and massage in a carrier oil)...

positive affirmation. Hypnobirthing.

Good luck!
post #10 of 14
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Denial that I am in labor until I am quite far along.
Ha!

I agree about labors probably being genetic, and also that first labors are generally a bit slower. Baby's position can mean something, too.

But as far as advice -- Think "Open, open, open", and don't fight the contractions!
post #11 of 14
I think focusing on being relaxed is what helped me the most. My first labor was 4 days long. I had no idea what I was doing and didn't sleep for those 4 days...


My second labor I was at home with midwives. I was much more relaxed and in tune with my body. My first noticable contraction was at 7 am. He was born at 11:43 am.

This time around I just knew I was going to go into labor when the night previous after hanging out with some friends I found myself vomiting on the way home for no reason at all. It had been hours since I had eaten. The next morning I had bloody show and on and off contractions. After 3 showers and no let up I decided we needed to call the midwives. This was around 5 or 6 pm. I had her at 10:03 pm.

The only thing I know that helped me was:

a) being at home

b) Relaxing INTO the contractions. I mentally relaxed every part of my body (my back and bottom especially) whenever I felt a contraction start.
post #12 of 14
My labor was slow to start (two days of ctx before entering active labor), but once my midwife stripped my membranes and I did the breast pump on both breasts for two half hour sessions with a half hour of walking between them, thing really got moving quickly. I think those things really made a difference.
post #13 of 14
I drank about 2-3 cups of RRL leaf a day the last three weeks of pregnancy. As I got closer to my due date I drank it like water. On the day my water broke I drank like 6 bags!
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by *Aimee* View Post
I think for me it's that it was my third labor. DS1 I was in labor (hard, back labor with contractions every 10 min) for 31 hours. With DS2, same deal but for about 25. This time it was only about 7. So keep having babies I guess
You can't think how happy that makes me feel.

With DS1, I was in hard back labor (10 minutes apart) for 48 hours; 3-4 minutes apart 1.5-2 minutes long hard contractions for 34 hours.

With DS2, I was in labor for 24 hours, if you start counting from 10 minutes apart and too painful for me to sleep; maybe 12-15 hours from when the contractions were under 5 minutes apart.

I'm 38 weeks and not the slightest bit dilated or effaced. I'll take 7 hours! Heck, I'd take 17 hours...
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