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post #21 of 38
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post #22 of 38
My 1st was about 10-12 hours from the time I lost my plug w/ bloody show. Hospital birth; almost 3 hours of pushing, was born after several vacuum attempts.

2nd, I lost mucus plug w/ show, labor was 3.5 hrs from first real ctx. 10 min of pushing? (I was in labor land lol) Homebirth.

3rd... I'll report back as soon as he comes lol
post #23 of 38
I'm curious about this too. Had 12 hours active labor with. #1, 45 mins pushing. Second baby was less than two hours from first contraction to baby nursing on my chest-- I woke up in transition and was throwing up the very second contraction. It was intense!! I'm preg with #3 and curious...my MW said #3 is the wildcard. That most women do have a quick labor with #2 and usually that's their fastest. I have my fingers crossed for a 4-6 hour labor this time. That sounds perfect to me. Oh and I too had tons of BH with #2 and babe was born in the caul...
post #24 of 38

I'm wondering if how close your kids are in age increases the likelihood your births will be faster. Hmm...

post #25 of 38
I don't think so. I would think (completely unresearched, just my instinct) if anything the farther apart they are the more strength your body can regain. I could be completely wrong, though. Maybe it depends on the person? I posted earlier about my labors (both quick) and they were nearly five years apart, as were my mom's. Our new baby will be almost three years younger, so it will be interesting to see. I've heard the third baby is a wild card, and so far that's been entirely true.
post #26 of 38
Ok so just to update #3s here!

#1) 10-12 hours from first ctx & lost show/plug

#2) 4 hours from first ctx, 6 hours from losing show/plug. BH & dilating for 3 weeks prior to birth.

#3) 4.5 hours prior lost plug/show, water broke 1 hour later. Ctx manageable until 1 hour prior. Baby born at 9:05p.. So 3.5 hours from real ctx. BH and dilating 3-4 weeks prior to birth.
post #27 of 38
Interesting thread! I've only had one so far so I can't tell you if it was quicker the second time for me, but my dd's birth was pretty quick. I started having cramp-like contractions around midnight-12:30 and she was born at 4:10 am. I actually didn't believe that I was really in labor until I realized I was feeling the "I need to push now!" sensation. I hadn't felt any bh and I was 38w4d so I assumed it was just prodomal labor or something. I took a bath and it wasn't until 3:30 or something that we called my mw (who told me to get to the birth center immediately, ha!). In my defense, she had told me explicitly to call her when I had contractions 5 minutes apart lasting 1 minute for 1 hour and said, verbatim, "So if you get to 50 minutes and then have a 7 minute break, start over because it's probably still to irregular and I don't want you to come in too early and stall yourself" - and I kind of skipped over that entirely and had a 9 minute break between contractions shortly before transition.

My mom's labor with me (first child) was 7 hours and her labor with my younger brother (second child) was 2.5 so... I'm strongly leaning towards a home birth next time. wink1.gif We almost had an unintentional one the first time anyway.
post #28 of 38
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Originally Posted by newmama8824 View Post
 

I'm wondering if how close your kids are in age increases the likelihood your births will be faster. Hmm...

 

Mine were almost 3 years apart, so not particularly close together. 

 

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Originally Posted by keakiepie View Post

Interesting thread! I've only had one so far so I can't tell you if it was quicker the second time for me, but my dd's birth was pretty quick. I started having cramp-like contractions around midnight-12:30 and she was born at 4:10 am. I actually didn't believe that I was really in labor until I realized I was feeling the "I need to push now!" sensation. I hadn't felt any bh and I was 38w4d so I assumed it was just prodomal labor or something. I took a bath and it wasn't until 3:30 or something that we called my mw (who told me to get to the birth center immediately, ha!). In my defense, she had told me explicitly to call her when I had contractions 5 minutes apart lasting 1 minute for 1 hour and said, verbatim, "So if you get to 50 minutes and then have a 7 minute break, start over because it's probably still to irregular and I don't want you to come in too early and stall yourself" - and I kind of skipped over that entirely and had a 9 minute break between contractions shortly before transition.

My mom's labor with me (first child) was 7 hours and her labor with my younger brother (second child) was 2.5 so... I'm strongly leaning towards a home birth next time. wink1.gif We almost had an unintentional one the first time anyway.

 

Yeah that rule is what made me wind up with an accidental homebirth the first time around! Posterior baby makes labor crazy in regards to timing. 

post #29 of 38
I'm glad it isn't just me! After dd was born I was talking with my mw and she said, "You should have called me earlier!" I told her I was following her instructions! lol.gif It also happened to be the middle of the night on a Saturday and I knew she was attending every single birth my birth center had because her new midwife legally needed to attend a couple more with her before she could attend by herself. I didn't want to call her in the middle of the night on a weekend when I hadn't met her 5-1-1 rule.
post #30 of 38

Mine were progressively shorter, the first at about 3 hours from first contraction to delivery and the a total 35 minutes. My mother had the same. :)

post #31 of 38

13 hours for the first one.

 

4 hours for the second.

 

35 months apart.

post #32 of 38
First: 20+ hours of labor, including 4 pushing (badly positioned baby, probably encouraged to push too soon)
Second: less than one hour, unplanned unassisted birth

3.3 years apart.

Both babies born at home, third one will be, too. I will let you know how this one goes!!!

I have read in a few places that first births are hard, second births are easy, and third births are unpredictable.
post #33 of 38

Well, with years apart for some of you ladies I feel like mine may go quicker this time. My first was born 6 years ago and my labor was about 12 hours. I guess we'll see.

post #34 of 38

#1 - 3 hours, 8 min

#2 - 47 minutes

#3  - 1 hour 40 min (would have been shorter had I not had severe polyhydramnios)

#4 - 1 minute? 

 

With #'s 1, 2 and 4 I started active labor when I was heading into transition. So I made it to 6-7 cm without being in active labor. I was 5 cm for more than a week with my first and forth. With my last baby, I made it to 6 cm, but was not in active labor at all. And then BAM! I went from 6 cm, -2 station with a swollen cervix to birth in about one minute. He just shot out. I didn't see it coming. We figured within the hour from the time she checked me, but not a couple minutes after getting off the phone with my mom telling her I was getting impatient and waiting for labor to start. It was a crazy birth. I didn't "labor" at all.

 

It will be interesting to see how #5 goes. I'll be planning another homebirth.

post #35 of 38
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Originally Posted by Vespertina View Post
 

 He just shot out. I didn't see it coming.

My #3 was just like that. SHOT OUT crazy

post #36 of 38
#1 was 14 hours
16 mos later, #2 was 3 hours
21 mos later, #3 was about 12 hrs

Eta: I was also concerned that #3 was going to be as fast and as intense as #2 had been. I spent a lot of time at the end of the pregnancy meditating on how I wanted it to go, picturing and imagining it would go like #1. All three were natural births, no interventions, 1st was in hospital, 2nd and 3rd were homebirths, 2 different midwives.
The 3rd did go much more like my first: steady, relaxed, "textbook", although there were still unique differences in timing of contractions, length of pushing, etc.

#2 was my biggest baby, and was double-compound presentation (one arm and one elbow came out ahead of/with the head).
Who knows, maybe if I had had a "normal" (for me) longer steadier labor it would have been unbearable, so the short (although terribly intense and almost unbearable) labor was perhaps a blessing, since she was presenting like that.
I'm due with #4 in Sept, and I'm trying not to be fearful!
To sum up, my experience has shown differences, based each circumstance.
Edited by Christalena - 3/31/14 at 2:02pm
post #37 of 38


Yes.

 

#1 was induced, 26 hours total, 3 hours pushing.

 

#2 was spontaneous, woke up at 4:45 a.m. in labor, left at 5:45 for hospital midwives (had to wait for my mom to get down to watch #1), got there and then pushed baby out in 8 minutes.  2 hour labor total.  Dh even missed catching him!

 

#3 was born at home because riding to the hospital at 10 cm with #2 was so miserable I never wanted to do it again.  3 hours total labor, don't remember how long to push, but the extra hour was because she had a nuchal hand.

 

#4 was born at home and was about 3 hours total.

 

If we have another, I would have another home birth or go to the hospital that is only 7 minutes away, even though there are no midwives there, just because I think it would be that quick again.

post #38 of 38

#1 - 1.5 hours
#2 - 6 hours
#3 - 1 hour
#4 - 6 hours

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