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Is it correlated at all with your own mother's length of first labor?

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not at all in my case

and considering every labor can be different, even in the same lady... and the third labor can be longer than the first... I don't think anything you can measure will have any effect on the length of labor.

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I think my labor was VERY much like my mom's labor, for both of our firsts, with a day of intermittent "real" contractions and a relatively short actual time. I'm an only child, so I've got nothing to go on for my second, other than a gut feeling that my fast first (7 hours of active labor) will translate to an even faster second.

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My mom's labor with me (1st) was 2 hours long. My labor with DD - 48 hours. We both did have weeks of prodromal labor leading up to the birth though. I'm really hoping that this next one will be a little bit shorter!

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I dilated 0-10 in less than 9 hours - my mom took 29.

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My sister laboured very much like my mom. I laboured nothing like either of them.
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I don't know about length, but my mother started both of her labors with her water breaking at home. For me, that's been the case, too.

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Not at all. My mom had a horrific 36 hour labor that ended in an emergency c-section.

I had a 17 hour labor, only 4 hours of what was considered "active" labor, ending in a vaginal delivery.

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Mine were totally different from my mom's. My mom had very long labors that lasted 30+ hours. When she had me she stalled at 7cm and was stuck there for nearly 12 hours with contractions coming every 3 minutes but no progress being made. My labors have all been super short lasting 7 hrs., 5 1/2 hours, and 3 hours. I take the longest to get to about 5 cm and then I go from 5 to 10 usually in under an hour. My sister had a fairly short first labor as well lasting about 10 hours.

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Oh, that's a good one. Uhhhh no. My mother's first labor was six hours long start to finish. My first labor was 49 hours.

But I had significant cervical scarring from previous cryosurgery. Who knows what it would have done without that damage.

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I'd say so, my mom had a relatively short labor and mine was 5 1/2 hours. I was born at 35 weeks (no known reason) and DD was born at 38 weeks.

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Thanks everyone. I was hoping there was some correlation since my mom's longest labor was 7 hours and they were all relatively straightforward.

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My mother had 8-12 hour labours.

My first was 2 hrs from first contraction to birth. My second was 90 minutes. My third was an emerg. cesarean following a placental abruption.

Edited to add, my mother went over with both of her kids. She had me 4 weeks late, and my sister 2. I have gone early (32 W, 37W, 38W) for all of mine.
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My mom couldn't remember - 4 babies 40 years ago - they all probably blended together. But I know they were vaginal births without complications.

My first labor was 8 hours, start to finish, no complications.

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My labor/birth was nothing like mom's or MIL's. Mine was 6 hours at 270 days, mom's, grandma's, and crazy MIL were several times as long and way overdue.
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No. My mom's first (of nine!) was long and she also said she had back labor - probably due to baby positioning. My sisters and I have had relatively short labors, with my first being 3 hours (we will see how this one goes!). We must have gotten our good birthing pelvis from my dad's side of the family.

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Yup. I was about three weeks early and so was my daughter. My mom's labor was 5 or 6 hours and so was mine. Our pregnancies were pretty similar too.

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My first labor from start to finish was 3 hours. (2nd labor was 1 hr and 3rd labor was 2 hrs)
My mom had us as twins with our heads & chins locked together so she had a c-section. But my aunties' labors were all short.
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Mothers labours were 18 hours and 15 hours. Mine was 42 with my first. Likely because of malpresentation of the head (which did end up in an emergency c-section).

I think the answers vary wildly...

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Very interesting responses!

I was my mothers "first" of 4 babies and came 7 weeks early after her water broke. I am not sure how long her labour with me was though.

For my "first", I went into (early) labour on my due date, lots of early labour discomfort followed by 6 hours active labour and 2 hours pushing. My water didn't break on its own, my OB actually broke it about 10-15mins (I think?) before my son crowned.
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My mother and I have had insanely similar labours.

My first was 8 hrs long. Pushed for 1/2 hr. I was 10 days past due and had baby at lunch time. My mom's labour with me(1st child)went 11 days over, 8hr labour, pushed for 1/2hr and I was born at 7am.

With my second, I was 4 days past due. I had a longer early labour but once I hit the 4-5cm mark I had baby within 2 hrs. I had a posterior/face presentation baby. Took me 2 cx to push him out. My mom had the exact same length of labour as well as the same length pushing phase with her second(my sister). She was 3 days past due. My sister was born sunny-side up in 1-2 cx's.

Now that I'm expecting my third....I have nothing to go by!! LOL My mom had the 2 of us....so it's a crap shoot I guess!

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I have no idea if labor length/length of pregnancy really do run in families or not, but my mother, my sister and my half-sister who is her daughter have never labored for more than 6 hours, with 11 labors (1 early section due to serious complications, so no labor for one baby) between the 4 of us. Additionally, all of our pregnancies but 3 (2 inductions and the 1 cesarean) have ended naturally before 39 weeks.

I have one half-sister who labored nothing like us, but she's my dad's daughter, not my mother's. I've always wondered if these things run in families, just because there's such a strong tendency to have short pregnancies and labors in my mother's family. I have no idea if there is any relationship between your mother's experience and your own, though.
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Even though there''s evidence that dad's genes control how long you gestate, I have heard far too many stories of families where the women either always go reaaally late or really early to believe that the woman's genetics don't play a huge part.

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In "Baby Catcher," Peggy Vincent says that a woman will labor more like her sister than her mother.

That being said, my sister is 16 and has some immaturity issues due to Asperbergers and other developmental delays. She'll very likely live a basically normal life with marriage and kids, but just a little later than "average." Since I'm already 4 years older than her, I'll get to be the first

My mom's water broke with me at 37 weeks. She had the whole pitocin/epidural set of interventions, and had a "normal" labor. Water broke at about 4 am, no contractions until the pit, and I was born at 6:30 pm. With little sister, there were medical concerns, so mom was induced at 39 weeks. She didn't feel anything all night, then the pit contractions kicked in. Sister was born 3 or so hours later with no pain meds.

The point of that lovely story is that since my sister and I are both planning natural births (me at home, her at a birth center) when the day comes to have kids, we won't be able to compare them to our mom's at all.

FWIW, my SIL had two easy labors. First was 4 hours start to finish, second was 8 or 9 hours. Midwife attended, all natural. Her sister ended up with two c-sections.

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My older sister and I discussed our labors and they were different as night and day. My little sister is 17 and is not planning on having kids for another 10 years or so...

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My mom's first labor was 20 hours, mine was 16. So not too far apart, but still both pretty typical times for primip moms, so it could just be a coincidence. My mom's second labor was 10 hours, mine was 3.

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In "Baby Catcher," Peggy Vincent says that a woman will labor more like her sister than her mother.
I forget where I heard/read it, but there was the quote, "...after all, half your genetics come from your father, and we have no idea how he would labor."

Which makes sense for the sister thing.

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Is it correlated at all with your own mother's length of first labor?
My mom's labors were all 13 hours long. All three approximately the same length.

My first was 11 hours.

My second was 13 hours.

My third was *2* hours. I was fully expecting an approx. 12 hour labor and was really confused by the pressure and need to push so soon. It totally disoriented me!

Also, my mom had two posterior babies. My second (the one that was thirteen hours, the same length as her labors) was posterior.
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not in my case. My mother had an 8 hour labour and only a few pushes. I had a 36 hour labour with several hours of pushing...
I was hoping it would be more like hers.

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