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If you had a fast labor, was the next birth also fast?

post #1 of 38
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My first birth was 33.5 hours, but she was posterior. My second was 2 hours 45 minutes from water spontaneously breaking to baby in my arms. My midwife said that it was likely that if I have another baby that it'll be even faster. I'm honestly not sure what I want (the fast labor was REALLY intense), but I would like an idea of what to plan for. So those of you with fast labors, did you have another fast labor? Or did the multiple labors seem unrelated? 

post #2 of 38
I'm really curious what kind of answers you get. I'm pregnant with #3 and wondering the same thing. My first was about 11 hours total. Leaky waters but not broken at 3am ish and baby born around 230 pm. The second about an hour and a half. No leading up contractions just BAM! Very intense labor at 5 am and baby born at 630 am in her water bag, all my waters came out behind her, and no the midwife didn't make it, her student midwife did, thank goodness. And I am with you...the fast one was very intense and for me it frightened me, I kept asking if something was wrong. So I am a little worried about #3 being born faster than the midwife can get here.
post #3 of 38
My first was about 12 hours, posterior, on my back at the hospital. Just saying it maybe would have been faster at home.

With the others, I have lots of Braxton hicks towards the end, randomly. They dont change my cervix, though, and are just annoying. I don't have early labor. I go from random contractions over the last several weeks to transistion, basically.

My second was the worst...30 minutes from first real contraction to holding him.

My third calmed.down a bit. I woke up feeling "off", finally contractions started, and she was born 6 hours from when I woke up, four from when contractions started. That was my favorite labor. Never go hard, just happened.

My fourth was about an hour and a half.

My fifth labor was crazy. From first real contraction to holding her was less than 45 minutes.
post #4 of 38
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Originally Posted by FisherFamily View Post

My first was about 12 hours, posterior, on my back at the hospital. Just saying it maybe would have been faster at home.

With the others, I have lots of Braxton hicks towards the end, randomly. They dont change my cervix, though, and are just annoying. I don't have early labor. I go from random contractions over the last several weeks to transistion, basically.

My second was the worst...30 minutes from first real contraction to holding him.

My third calmed.down a bit. I woke up feeling "off", finally contractions started, and she was born 6 hours from when I woke up, four from when contractions started. That was my favorite labor. Never go hard, just happened.

My fourth was about an hour and a half.

My fifth labor was crazy. From first real contraction to holding her was less than 45 minutes.

 

So I guess in summary, it makes you more likely to have a faster birth, but not necessarily for sure?

post #5 of 38

I had 3 natural births. First was 4 hours (2 of those hours were pushing), second and third were 6 hours each of active labor.

post #6 of 38

#1 about 2 hrs

#2 about 3 hrs

#3 45 min

 

If I had stayed home they would have been quicker. :mischief IF I would have another even my husband would want a homebirth. It was a HARD ride to the hospital

post #7 of 38
So curious about this! My first was 7 hours from first contraction to in my arms and she was posterior. So OP you went from 33 posterior to under 3 hours with your second... definitely wondering what to prepare for with my baby due in April!

Edited to correct my due date to April... have no idea how it originally said June. Haha
Edited by Philothea - 1/26/14 at 10:46am
post #8 of 38
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So curious about this! My first was 7 hours from first contraction to in my arms and she was posterior. So OP you went from 33 posterior to under 3 hours with your second... definitely wondering what to prepare for with my baby due in June!

 

I think my posterior birth would have been faster if I would have known she was posterior. The (hospital) midwives told me she had flipped around and even with how my labor was going they had no idea she hadn't or had flipped back or whatever. This was all over the phone, but still. My husband very clearly told them about the back pain, irregular contractions, etc. Anyway, I'm sure that if I would have had a home birth midwife there she would have recognized what was going on and helped me do things to turn the baby. As it was, from conversations with my midwife about my own sensations in hindsight, as soon as she turned around she slipped right out. I literally went from "I think I need to poop" to "oh my god is that what I think it is?" and checked and sure enough, she was about 2 inches from crowning. Had her at home and transferred to the hospital afterwards. 

 

With my second I did go through a LOT of Braxton Hicks and prodromal labor that I was so certain was the real thing, but the midwife got there and a while later asked to check me and she said I hadn't dilated at all. That was about a month before she was born. I don't know if this is true, but I kind of wonder if my body was prepping for the real deal so that when it happened it was super short. 

post #9 of 38

First Birth:  8 hours (4 of them harder labor and 10 min pushing)

 

Second Birth: 4 hours (2 of them harder labor and 5 min pushing)

 

Third Birth: intermittent contractions for 2 days and then 40 minutes from more difficult contractions to baby (maybe 1 min pushing)

 

Pregnant again...we will see!

These were all homebirths.

post #10 of 38

I have had two birth center water births and they were both very fast. I like to labor by myself at home, and did so both times. 4-5 hour labors both times, 30 mins of pushing with my first (7lb 10oz) and a bit less than an hour with my second (10lbs 4oz and military presentation (he didn't tuck his head)). No tearing with either. Pregnant with number three, now! I enjoy giving birth, I'm looking forward to doing it again. I think if you have had quick labors you are probably likely to have another quick one, although not necessarily faster. 

post #11 of 38
You are all scaring me. My first was an awful experience at the hositpal fighting off an unnecessary cs with an op baby and ultimately giving birth after 38 hours with forceps. I'm currently 35 and 1/2 weeks pregnant and I have to drive 1hr45 minutes to get to my birth place, so yeah, really hoping not under 5 hours!!
post #12 of 38
#1 eight hours
#2 five and a half hours
# 3 just one and a half hours
Edited by philomom - 1/27/14 at 7:54am
post #13 of 38
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Originally Posted by Viola P View Post

You are all scaring me. My first was an awful experience at the hositpal fighting off an unnecessary cs with an op baby and ultimately giving birth after 38 hours with forceps. I'm currently 35 and 1/2 weeks pregnant and I have to drive 1hr45 minutes to get to my birth place, so yeah, really hoping not under 5 hours!!

Don't worry! There are a lot of early signs of labor, and with a long drive you'll want to leave before you get too far into it, anyway. I'm sure you'll be just fine :) I hope you have a wonderful birth! 

post #14 of 38

#1  water broke at 3am, went into hospital at 5 am, baby at 10am. 30 mins pushing (7 hrs total)

#2  5 am contraction wake up. baby at 10 am. He had anterior lip and ended up a forceps delivery. (5 hrs total)

#3  hypertension caused induction. No pushing. Did "test" push for nurse then she shot out without pushing before doc even got his gloves on. (4 hrs total) 

 

Yeah if I had another I'd expect it to be faster. I had all three of mine in the hospital so laid up on my back also. I wonder how much faster they might have came if I'd been able to have a natural birth. Dh didn't want to test the theory and deliver himself. :rotflmao

post #15 of 38
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Originally Posted by Viola P View Post

You are all scaring me. My first was an awful experience at the hositpal fighting off an unnecessary cs with an op baby and ultimately giving birth after 38 hours with forceps. I'm currently 35 and 1/2 weeks pregnant and I have to drive 1hr45 minutes to get to my birth place, so yeah, really hoping not under 5 hours!!

Have you considered renting a hotel room near your birth place? I've heard of moms leaving early in labor and going to a hotel and then leaving the hotel to go to the hospital as late as they could.
post #16 of 38

#1 - 8 hrs, 2 hrs of it pushing

#2 - 3 hrs, 2 contractions worth of pushing. She came out so fast it took 2 people to catch her.

#3 - 45 min, 2 contractions worth of pushing.

 

All three started with a bang. Go from walking around feeling perfectly normal (for late pregnancy) to hard labor. It hit out of nowhere, really.

post #17 of 38

#1- induction- 7 hours from start of pitocin to delivery- 1.5 hours of pushing (posterior presentation)

#2- 4 hours of labor, only 1.5 of it being what I thought 'real labor', 4 pushes

#3- 2 hours of labor, (although, i had 3 hours of timeable BH before that, but DH didn't even know I was timing them, they were not uncomfortable at all), 1 hour of it hard labor, 10 minutes of pushing.

 

Even though they were short, I would have known the early signs for both the homebirths and could have made it to the hospital.

post #18 of 38

My first was 12 hours of 'active labour' (about 15 hours of contractions but the first 3 hours were 20 mins apart and didn't hurt) - 15 mins pushing

 

my second was 3 hours of active labour (about 6 hours of contractions, but the first 3 hours were widely spaced and I'd had prodromal labour for days so I thought it was more of the same)-10 mins of pushing, surprise posterior! quick labour, no back labour, quick pushing. She was only 6.5 lbs though so maybe that made it easier?

 

my third, I had an hour and a half from 'I think I'm really actually in labour' to holding the baby (I'd been having contractions all day, but they were 15...17...20 mins apart and not very painful so I thought it was just false labour.... until it suddenly got real)

 

I'm a little worried that this time I'll sneeze and the baby will fall out. Last time I was very glad it was a homebirth because it was my family gathered around begging me not to push out the baby while we waited for the midwife who was stuck at the train crossing. If we'd aimed for a hospital birth it would have been me in the car trying not to push the baby out while we were stuck at the train crossing and that would be much, much worse :p

post #19 of 38
# 1- 16 hours from bloody show
# 2- 45 minutes from middle of the night water breaking to "its a girl" (eight contractions total)
# 3- 1 hour 15 minutes, same as the second, woke up to water breaking, baby arrived an hour later.

All were homebirths. Our midwife missed the last two, DH caught the second, birth assistant arrived seven minutes before the third.

I would prepare yourself, house and DH for a quick birth, just in case. I taught my older kids how to call DH and midwives on my cell phone and made them memorize phone numbers of neighbors and husband.
Luckily both fast labors were in the middle of the night when DH was home.
post #20 of 38

My fingers are crossed I do not have a super fast labor. Both of mine were "normal" hours and I'm hoping this one is too!

 

Seems hit or miss if you're going to have a speedy labor, but if you've gone quickly before your chances are higher.

 

dd1 - 27hrs

dd2 - early labor 2 days, active labor 12 hrs.

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