Second which my midwife labeled as a first birth since I had never dilated all the way was about 25+ hours. (I think it was like 18 hours of contractions 5 mins apart or less)
So.......... I'm praying this one will be slightly shorter... how long was your second labor/birth?
Me (27) DH (30)...9 Years
DD (7) ~ DD (4) ~ DS (3)
Babies in Heaven... 9/04 2/05 3/11 4/11 6/11 11/11 2/12 (along with my tube )
My 2nd labor began at 9:30 on a Monday night and he was born at 6am the following morning. It was much quicker and he came out in only a few pushes shortly after my water broke on it's own. ETA: I went from 5cm to 10cm in about 20 minutes and pushed him out in about 8 minutes.
I'm hoping this one is as quick as that one!
I too am VERY curious...
First baby was a 52 hour labor. Anything less than 24 hours this time will be a breeze
With my second I was almost at the two week mark again, and hadn't gone into labor and my dds non-stress test was less than reassuring, so I had my midwife seep my membranes. Again, I had mild contractions from that moment on (it was about 8pm when she did the procedure) until about 2-3pm the next day, when labor started getting going pretty quickly. I went straight to the birth center, where I was found to be five cms. My was broken and I ended up with a premature urge to push, so my midwife just held my cervix open and I pushed from 7cms to 10cms, and my dd was born just 5? or so pushes later, at 7:45 or so. So pretty much the same...lots of hours of *soft* labor followed by a couple hours of intense contractions.
Bethany, crunchy Christian mom to Destiny (11) Deanna (9), and Ethan (2)
My second labor although 6 hours of active labor again seemed much shorter. My pushing time was *much* shorter and the overall labor was incredibly easy. I used the Hypnobabies techniques...a lot more walking/birthing ball/hopped in the tub towards the end, etc and it was so easy. Technically my labor began that morning around 10 am and I had him by 11:51 that night. Again though the earlier day labor I was at the park with my son and preparing lunch/dinner until right after I finished prepping dinner when I went upstairs to relax more and listen to my music then I went to the hospital at 10 pm at 9 cms and had the baby by 11:51 pm.
Your body knows what to do more with the second and your memory of the "first" birth may seem harder than what it actually will seem with your second. I would easily say that the majority of second births are so much easier.
DD's labor was just over 2 hours. My cat woke me up, otherwise I might have slept through more of it. As it was I hit transition about 30 min after I woke up.
Chaotic mama to 5 plus a bonus one on the way.
Number one was 26 hours active labour (4-10cm) with 2.5 hour second stage.
Number two was one hour, 40 minutes with seven minute second stage.
Peaceful mama to three blissfully-birthed and incredible small people: dd10, dd7 and ds5. Always awed and so thankful to be a midwife.
My second was a couple days of prodromal labor that started and stopped. I think he was posterior too because I felt all the contractions in my back. But I count labor to have really started at around 11 am on a Monday and he was born at 11:51 pm... with only 2 or 3 pushes. The active labor started again pretty late in the game because at 5 cms I asked to have my water broken and it went really fast after that. 2 hours with only about 5-10 minutes of pushing.
The second time was much easier. More painful! (I did it natural the second time) But it was definitely much faster and easier. I hope that it is the same for our third! I will find out in a few months!