I know every pregnancy is different, but I'm wondering if I should expect the same thing with my second? Or expect something different!
It's kind of a silly question but I really am curious!
Pretty much, always evening, always short, close together contractions to start off. Waters stayed intact until active labor many hours later in my first and until the start of pushing in 2 and 3. Number 3 was a strange one though, the entire time the contractions were 3 min apart, strong, but pretty short, and that was my quickest labor.
I've only had one medical induction, with my last, but with all but the first we did different natural stuff plus arom once, so...
Somewhat similar, I generally start labor in mid to late afternoon and labor slow for awhile, hit my plateuau, rest a bit, and then go full force and fast into it.
With my first I was in labor for 36 hours but it didn't get intense until about 6 hours before birth. The others have been shorter but similar pattern.
My water has never broke own its own before labor. The last couple of times it broke with crowning.
My labors with my boys were very similar while also being very different. With both of them I went into labor at 3am in the morning the day after their due date. No early labor signs, no water breaking, just being awakened by regular contractions. With DS1 I labored all day (eventually going to the hospital), and ended up having him vaginally around 9pm. With DS2 all was going well until about 9am when labor completely stopped (or perhaps it was still going on, but I couldn't feel anything?). It started back up around 5pm, went to the hospital, and he was born via c-section (due to fetal heart decelerations and low blood pressure in me) around 10pm. If that pattern continues I will be going into labor at 3am on 8/24 and having baby somewhere between 8-11pm. LOL!!
My water broke in the early AM, prior to onset of labor, with all three. The length of time between water breaking and onset of active labor varied from 2 hours (with my 3rd) to 12 hours (with my 2nd - I had some emotional hangups with that one that I think delayed it, because active labor started immediately after they were addressed). The length of active labor was within about two hours of eachother with all three, and progressed similarly.
My length of gestation varied by a week and a half, but all three were born within an ounce of eachother in size.
I have long, sometimes erratic cycles so lmp dating doesn't really work for me, but based on that my first five were 40+5, 42+, 44, 41+, and 44+. No signs of postdates and the 2nd 44 weeker appeared about 39 weeks at birth. #6 was 41 on the dot based on early ultrasound but we had a necessary pit induction with her.
For me, same time of day and similar progression (water broke, no contractions, went to the hospital for some monitoring and stayed overnight, then I was induced the following day). Later labour was quite different but both ended up in C/S for different reasons. In fact, it was even the same day of the week with the same doctors on call! I did end up with one boy and one girl though...