ds2 was born at 39 weeks and 3 days, 24 hour labor with 1 hour pushing. He was 8 lbs and 21 inches.
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DS2: 39w, 2 1/2 total hours of labor, woke up to contractions 3 mins apart, no time for any kind of pain relief, 5 mins of pushing, 6 lbs 6 oz
so yes, my 2nd labor was MUCH shorter but my 2nd son was over a pound smaller!
The size of your baby has a lot to do with genetics and nutrition during pregnancy. My first baby I had no childbirth training and while I did try to eat well I did not have an emphasis on protein during my last trimester, with my second (a Bradley birth) a had a strong emphasis on nutrition and protein during my last trimester due to the classes (80-100 grams of protein a day keeps toxemia away) and she was much bigger than my son! He was 7 lbs 2 oz and she was 8 lbs 10 oz. Also, nearly all of students have big babies if they did well eating their protein throughout the entire last trimester. However, a bigger bay isn't a bad thing. A larger baby equals more pressure and pressure is a natural anesthesia. Also, pain perception can be drastically changed with training in natural childbirth techniques like walking, relaxing, abdominal breathing, and learning to differentiate between pressure and pain.
As far as the length of labor is concerned, that is usually shorter for subsequent births. Walking during first stage labor has also been shown to reduce the length of labor.
My boys were the same length and head circumference (22" and 14.5"), but ODS was 8 lbs. 11 oz. and YDS was 9 lbs. 15 oz. ODS was super skinny, and YDS had some meat on him. lol
My first labour was an induction at 41 wks 3 days. I was in induced labour for 54 hours. With my second, I went into labour on my own at 41 weeks 1 day, and was already about 3 cm dilated when I was augmented for oligohydramnios. I guess I was in labour for just under 24 hours, but the hard part was only about 5 hours. I pushed for 13 minutes.
My second labour was FAR easier than the first! It was an amazing experience that I would gladly do over again!