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post #21 of 43
My first was 16 hours start to finish, 1 hr pushing.
My second was 3 1/2 hrs start to finish, 10 minutes pushing.

I was dilated to 4 and 100% effaced for 12 days before my first active labor contraction, and they started off at 3 minutes apart peaking after a minute.

The thing about short labors is that there is no warm up time, you drop down immediately into the big stuff. Because of my dilation, my midwife had prepared me psychologically for a short labor. Its no guarantee if you start out at 4 cm and 100%, but there is definitely the possibility that things will go fast if you are, and I was glad she told me I might have that.

Sign me up for an even faster 3rd labor I know thats not a given, but that it is a possibility.
post #22 of 43
I am also worried about how long second labor will be. First labor was 42 hrs. of hell : However, pushing was only about fifteen min. she was 7lb. 4 oz. If second lbaor is half the lenth of first it would still be 21 hrs. I'm hoping for one of those 2 hr. labors myself.
post #23 of 43
My first was born 12 hours from when they started the pitocin -there were about two hours of pushing. My second was also born about 12 hours from when the pit was started, but she was posterior - as soon as she turned, I pushed for 8 minutes. They were 8 pounds 11 ozs and 8 pounds 12 ozs respectively. My third was a c/s and my fourth was totally different - my water broke 41 w 5 days and dd was born 56 hours later at 9lbs 6oz. Totally different scenario though - my first were hospital births that were induced - the fourth was a homebirth where I had to really work to keep labor going - not sure if the pitocin messed up my body's natural ability to contract - who knows. Anyhow - I think I pushed about 45 minutes.
post #24 of 43
My first labor was 7 hours with 30 min of that pushing, my second was 4 1/2 hrs with 3 pushes and my third was 4 1/2 hours and half a push. With all of them I started out only dilated to 1cm.

ETA: I should add that they were 6lbs 1 oz, 6lbs 3oz, and 6lbs 6oz respectively. I had an episiotomy with my first, no tearing with my second, and a 1st degree tear with my third.
post #25 of 43
With my first my water broke first and then 15 hours later no ctx so pit and then 12 hours later he was born. So 27 hours from start to finish.
DS#2 had a contration or 2 around 2 am went back to sleep woke up at 6:15 went into active labor as soon as I got up baby born 2 hours later!
post #26 of 43
My waters broke spontaneously with both labors. I love that. No questions about it - we're having a baby tonight!

1st labor - 13 hours total, 11 hours after contractions started, 45 min. pushing. No tears. 7lbs 12 oz.

2nd labor - 5 hours total, 3.5 hours after ctx started, 10 mins pushing, no tears. Hospital waterbirth. 9 lbs 2 oz. Actually felt less traumatized to the personal region with this one - my midwife attributes that to the waterbirth and the natural perineal support you get from the water.

ITA with Spark - the shorter labor was just as much work, but in less time. Tho it was faster, it was also more intense, very uncomfortable (duh) and I felt like I couldn't even catch my breath between ctx.
post #27 of 43
My first was LOP (ouch) and my labour was 56 hours long with 3 hours of pushing. He was 8 lbs 12 oz.
My second was ROA and my labour was 13 hours long with 20 minutes of pushing. He was 9 lbs 1 oz.
post #28 of 43
First labor: 9-10 hours

Second: 3.5 hours--

sure looks like there's a trend here!
post #29 of 43
Funny mamafern, awhile back I posted a very similar thread inquiring about 3rd labors for the same reason!! :LOL

My 1st was 24 hours, 12 of it hard, 30 mins of pushing. She was 6 weeks early & 6lb 12oz.

My 2nd was 7 hours of labor but I didn't even realize it during the 1st 2, so I consider it 5 hours, all of it hard! I was hit so suddenly I literally fell back on the couch crying. I pushed for 2.5 hours because my son was so much bigger, 8lb 13 oz.

Because my 2nd labor came on so fast & hardcore, my fear for this one is that it will be the same, only shorter, & I'll feel like I was just hit by the Hard Labor Train without any time to ease into it.

It's wonderful that you're staying home though, no need to cry your painful way to the hospital, just relax at home throughout it all. Y'know, if you can consider any part of giving birth "relaxing", haha.
post #30 of 43
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Originally Posted by zjande
Funny mamafern, awhile back I posted a very similar thread inquiring about 3rd labors for the same reason!! :LOL
So for us third timers, where's the link ?
post #31 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by zjande
Because my 2nd labor came on so fast & hardcore, my fear for this one is that it will be the same, only shorter, & I'll feel like I was just hit by the Hard Labor Train without any time to ease into it.

Ok, this thread is starting to scare me!!!! My first labor was 4 hours from water breaking to baby laying on my chest!! I think my first contrax started about 20-30 mins after my water broke. We have a 25 min drive to hospital and hubby works almost 2 hours away!

If second time statistics of 1/2 the time apply to me......that means having this baby in TWO hours!!!

I am rushing to that hospital at the FIRST sign of labor!!!!!

Seriously, this is all really making me think I better have a backup person to be with me and have some sort of amazing plan to take DD along with me and be picked up at the hospital........

I have 6 months to worry about it......
post #32 of 43
My first labor was exactly 7 hours, with 2.5 hours of pushing. I'm sooo encouraged to hear these stories! I didn't mind the 4.5 hours of labor - that was a breeze with my Hypnobabies - but pushing was not pleasent at all. My midwives have practically promised me that this baby will pop out after just a few pushes, and with no episiotomy this time.
post #33 of 43
1st was 24 hrs with one hr of pushing (and forceps). 2nd was 30 hrs with 2 pushes.
post #34 of 43
First labor - 5 1/2 hours, first contraction to baby out, including less than 10 minutes of pushing. Baby was 7 lbs 11 oz.

There is a 5 3/4 year age gap between number one and number 2.

Second labor - 3 1/2 hours, first contraction to baby out, also including less than 10 minutes of pushing. Baby was 9 lbs 8oz.

No tearing either time.

I am worried about labor number 3 being TOO fast.
post #35 of 43
I have been fortunate enough to have terrific productive labors.

My first was at 39W4d. Was in stage one about 12 hours, and then active a total of about 4. Showed up at the hospital at 5 cm and labored there for the last 3 1/2 hours. Pushed 30 minutes. Had a second degree laceration.

My second was at 39W5d. Water broke and no contractions for about 4 hours. Did a bunch of optimal fetal positioning stuff and contractions commenced. Baby was born 2 1/2 hours later after two pushes. Again was 5 cm upon arrival at the hospital. I tore in the same spot that I tore the first time. It happened in between my two pushes.

Everyone I have talked to has had faster, easier second labors. While I didn't do formal hypnobirthing training, I did a lot of yoga and talked to many hypnobirthers. To those watching me, it seemed that my labor had stopped when I dropped off into hypnoland, but really things were cooking along just as productively. This time I want to do the real deal hypnobirthing course.
post #36 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by cariadanam
So for us third timers, where's the link ?
Julie, I'm going to go look for it! I'll post a link if I find it. I want to know, too!!!
post #37 of 43
Oh yeah Spark, I'd like to see that too.

Thanks, ND
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by Queen of Cups
My midwives have practically promised me that this baby will pop out after just a few pushes, and with no episiotomy this time.
I thought surely, I would just easily push out my second baby, too. I mean, everyone else talks about a few pushes and OUT! But, that wasn't my experience. During my second babe's birth pushing actually took a lil bit longer than getting fully dilated.

I'd LOVE to easily push out my baby this third time around. But, I'm trying to not get attached to ideas of how this labor or pushing will go. Pushing for a little over two hours is not fun, but it's what it took to get my baby out. Obviously, I'd do whatever my baby and my body needed me to do.
post #39 of 43
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=289277

There you go! Didn't take too long to find at all.
post #40 of 43
My first labour was nearly 24 hours from start to finish, about 16 hours of hard labour, 6 hours of transition, 1 hour of pushing.

Second was less than half an hour of real pain. Didn't notice transition, and he was born in one push. Thank goodness! I deserved it after the first one
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