Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: with the dustbunnies & sugar beans
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i just had my second dd 2 weeks ago and i am living proof that those second labors are sometimes MUCH faster than the first ones. my first labor was 36 hrs from the very first twinge or 14 hrs from the time i was admitted to the hospital at 4cms. with dd#2 from the very first twinge around 10 in the morning when i wasn't even sure it was anything it was maybe 6hrs til she was born.
i called the birth ctr around 1pm and told the midwife that i was having contractions, but i was still walking and talking through them. she told me to call back in 2 hrs if they hadn't intensified. i was group b strep positive and they wanted me there 4 hrs before i'd be pushing for antibiotics (my choice). anyway, after the 1pm phone call, i continued to sweep and clean up and about 1:30 sent dh and dd out to the drug store to pick up a prescription. by the time they got back about 2 or so my contractions had really picked up and i got in the shower shortly thereafter. we called our friend to come over to take care of dd#1. i stayed in the shower maybe 30 or 40 minutes til our friend got to the house and then we went to the birth ctr which is 3 minutes from our house. 17 minutes after we got there dd#2 was born at 3:36.
soooo...if you really wanna be in that tub in the hospital you might not wanna wait around home too long. you never know, though, you might not want the tub. i thought i might, but when i got in the shower at home i let the tub fill up and tried to sit down, but couldn't do it. i wanted to be on my hands and knees or some variation thereof.
anyway, i was completely surprised by how short this labor was, but it was great. i didn't want to have anything to do with a tub or shower or anything when i got to the birth ctr, so you just don't necessarily know.
Mama to two girl beans, Feb 2001 and Nov 2003 . DH , and two crazy . Running on biodiesel since 2004! "All you fascists are bound to lose" — Woody Guthrie