Omg congrats bcgartley! You beat us! I demand pictures and birth story when you get a chance. :)
Originally Posted by sgnorton123
Kinda nice chatting with other uc mommas. :-) I tried chiming in a few times on the regular December babies forum and those ladies just seem to completely ignore me...maybe it's because I didn't join in the beginning of pregnancy as they did. So anyway, pretty much gave up on that, lol, anyway many of them are having inductions, c sections which really doesn't interest me...
Oh! And still love reading up on all things birth. I read recently that often second labors are half the time of first. And also pregnancies and labors often similar to that of their mothers? Talked to my mom. She has had all short ones. 4, 3, 2 hours. My first daughter was quick as well but I didn't time it...never thought of it. Hubby thinks hour or two. I tell him I know it was quick but really doubt that quick...anyway, have been planning water birth with pool. Hubby has hose and pool all ready for me, but now I'm starting to think would there even be time for that???? With history of short labor and then being home doing uc, being able to move around and feel comfortable, starting to think this going to be pretty fast probably...especially with all the Braxton hicks, cervical pain, pressure preparing me. Sure outta be interesting! :-) anyway, debating on whether to attempt the pool or just scratch the idea..
No kidding. I've actually been a somewhat active member on a normal pregnancy forum for several years now. At first everyone was totally against UC and flamed the crap out of me (especially because my first were twins lol). But I stuck around (and around here, to keep my sanity) and even though I probably still have "haters," at least everyone is respectful towards me now...I like to think I've at least inspired a few. It is difficult for me to see so many inductions and c-sections though, on that forum.
I think in general, consecutive labors are shorter. Probably just because you're not as nervous, you know what to do, your body remembers what to do. I know (IRL and online) several ladies that have had longer (sometimes harder) labors for their second, third, or fourth babies. A coworker of mine had about a 45 minute labor for her first and then went on to have a 10-12 hour labor for her second (she was glad she could get an epidural that time...I was like, oookay). Someone I know from that pregnancy forum (and have on FB) had a longer labor with her third than her second, and possibly her first, but I don't remember exactly. And a good friend of mine whom has 6 children (one in heaven) had the most difficult and long labor with her fifth child. He decided to turn posterior within a few days before he was born...silly boy. I believe she birthed him naturally, sunny side up, too. Unfortunately he came out with a big bruise on his head because the nurse forced her down onto the bed when she was pushing (she was squatting with a hang bar or something), making it extremely difficult for her to get him out.
Anyway, in my own experience, labors keep getting shorter! Being at 5 cm and so stretchy, I can't see me laboring for more than 30 minutes with this one. I have known from the beginning that it will probably go fast...(I'm getting good at this! lol jk). I began my last labor dilated to 3-4 cm, but not sure with my first. I must have been dilated at least a few cm though, because I thought I felt the changes happening in my cervix a few weeks prior, and then my first baby's water broke right before labor started.
Yeah, I had time to fill the pool for my first birth, but by the time it was full, I was having contractions that were too close together and too strong to get comfortable in it. Didn't even have time last time, so it's still packed away in the garage for this time (we got it out last summer and swam in it, lol).
That's interesting about having similar labor patterns to our mothers. I would say that's pretty accurate. My mom supposedly had her first at 43 weeks exactly, but I wonder if they had her dates wrong, because he was completely average in size and covered in vernix. He didn't show any signs of being a "post dates" baby. Otherwise, her second baby was one week early, and I personally came four days early. I want to say she had average length of labors for first and second time, though her second time was shorter. And then her labor with me was quick, and she said I was always firmly engaged in her pelvis for the last month or two like all of my babies have been. Also, this was back when they did routine episiotomies, and according to her, I came so fast they didn't have time. Lol. Anyway, my mom had more babies after me, she had her twins at 35 weeks. My twins were born at 36.5 weeks, and my last at one day shy of 39.
I didn't think I'd go past 38.5 weeks with this pregnancy. But it's starting to look like I might...PLEASE NOT A CHRISTMAS BABY! XD