How long was your labor?
post #1 of 91
10/8/06 at 12:20am
DS#1 was 20 hours, 2.5 hours of pushing. He was a posterior baby being born under not-so-good circumstances. I had tons of drugs and a failed epi, I was starved and forced to push semi-sitting. I cracked my pubic bone and couldnt walk for a few weeks. : My hospital experience was horrendous and I vowed never to return unless I was dying.....
Fast forward 11 months later to the birth of DS#2! An easy breezy 8 hour labor with almost an hour of pushing! I labored for ten minutes in a hot tub, and it was so relaxing it started to stop my labor!! I pushed squatting on the floor at the foot of my bed and birthed my son right into my hands. I honestly believe this is the best position to give birth in, and will make things go faster. So many things contribute to how long or short your labor will be. But being comfortable and feeling safe and not being inhibited are some things that will be on your side timewise.
From when are you counting?
From regular contractions onward, 33 hours.
8am-2pm early labor: contractions every five minutes,very manageable. Went to church (it was mother's day too ), went to Target and Costco, finished a cooking project.
2-6 pm contractions slightly closer together, started to get more agitated. Wanted to be out and about and walking and then wanted to be home. Went to the mall and for ice cream. Could no longer sleep through (or between) contractions.
6pm-2am normal active labor. contractions every 3 minutes, could only talk through with difficulty, stopped doing daily tasks and started focusing on labor. Still didn't believe it was actually happening right on my EDD andwas convinced in was prodromal. uh, no.
2-5am started having double-peaking contractions due to malpositioning, apprentice andthen midwife came over
5 am--had signs of transitions following positioning adjustment
5 am-4pm very intense labor. contractions under two minutes with multiple peaks. Back labor, nausea and vomiting, the whole deal
4 pm--emotional signs of transition to accompany the physical ones
4:30-5--pushing and birth
5.15 completed third stage.
It was great, but all things considered, I'd just as soon *not* have my next baby posterior/asynclitic. It just made things interesting.