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post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by AllyRae
LOL...this thread's so encouraging! My first labor was 53 hours and 3 1/4 hours pushing....I'll gladly take a shorter one this time. :LOL
My first was similar in length and pushing, thoough it was induced. Then i had two losses, at 12 and 21 weeks. My second full term delivery was 3.5 hours and my third was 2.5 hours. With the second I had two weeks of pre labor and with the third I had 4 days of really intense prelabor stuff.
post #22 of 24
I've never heard that you can cut it in half but that's not been my experience at all.

Sorry to be the bummer on the it will happen so much more quickly train but this has been my experience.
First-Not totally sure how long maybe 10 hours or so? 3.5 hours of pushing. Tons of interventions including AROM and fairly early pit augmentation-9lb baby

Second-I started timing it from when I got to the hospital though I had been having regular though not intense contrax about 30 hours before that and my ob said I could go to the hospital any time I wanted since I was already 3cm when the contrax started. So from the time I got there and started on the cascade of interventions (AROM and later augmentation with pit) it was 15.5 hours. 30 minutes pushing-10lb 2.3oz baby

Third: Took castor oil. 12 hours later active labor started (not sure CO did anything). Active labor lasted 13.5 hours. 17 minutes pushing-9lbs 13oz

Foruth: Took castor oil, tried acupressure points and did a lot of walking. Regular contractions started after about 4 hours (again given how some CO stories not really sure it did anything) and were intense within an hour or two. Active labor about 11 hours. 25 minutes pushing-10lbs 7oz

By my last birth I was pretty much expecting at minimum 10 hours of labor. If I have another baby I'll expect the same. I am not a fast laborer but that's ok with me. It gives me time to get my head around it and be ready for it to happen.
post #23 of 24
My first labor was 5 1/2 hours, first contraction to baby being out. Less than 10 minutes of pushing.

My second was 3 1/2 hours, first contraction to baby being out. Again, less than 10 minutes of pushing.

I'm kind of worried that this one will now be 1 1/2 hours or less and nothing will be ready!! (camera, other kids, stuff, etc.)
post #24 of 24
Mine had no pattern. All spontaneous labors, none augmented in any way.

1st- 5 hrs
2nd- 15 hrs
3rd- 1 hr (with a few hours of random mild contractions the morning before)
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