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View Poll Results: How long was (were) your labor(s)?
Less than 1 hour 13 92.86%
1-2 hours 10 71.43%
2-3 hours 21 100.00%
3-5 hours 27 100.00%
5-7 hours 32 100.00%
7-9 hours 24 100.00%
9-12 hours 30 100.00%
12-18 hours 29 100.00%
18-24 hours 28 100.00%
24-36 hours 28 100.00%
36-48 hours 22 100.00%
More than 48 hours 8 57.14%
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#31 of 39 Old 09-18-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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With DD1 I was in labor for 8 hours, DD2 was 6 hours, and with DD3 It was almost an hour when they broke my water. I have to say the shorter the labor the more intense it felt to me and more painful.

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Mine was 18 as I recall. Started with waters breaking, contractions shortly after. They were mild but evenly spaced. 1st stage was about 14 hours with a 4 hour second stage.

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My first labor was 9 hours long. My second was 15hours. I do things backward, apparently

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My first was exactly 11 hours long from first contraction to birth. I woke up to 2 minute contractions.

For Dd2 my water broke and I didn't go into labor. So it was around 40 hours after my water broke that I gave birth. But from first contraction to birth was a little less than four hours. Again, I woke up to 2 minute contractions.

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I am in the 36-48 hour range with my first. I was having contractions for over 30 hours and I was only 4 cm dilated. The nurse had me walk around for 2 hours to see if I can progress faster, but it did nothing for me. Finally got a pit and an epidural and I was fully dilated after 6 hours. Whoever had 48+ hours labor, you are a trooper. I am now pregnant with my second and due in 2 months. The anxiety has returned and I really hope that it will go smoother the second time.
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5 Hours!
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27 hours with DD, 10 with DS.

This poll probably isn't terribly scientific because I'm guessing that a disproportionate number of MDC mamas have had natural, low-intervention births. That will push the average up a bit. Mamas placed under the gun with pit and c-sections will probably have shorter labor times.

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1st sign of labor (both times) has been when my water broke, contractions begin almost immediately, and from water breaking to baby in arms was 1 hour and 48 minutes with DD1 and 1 hour and 8 minutes with DD2 (And the cord was wrapped around her neck twice, slowing her down!)

I walk around for weeks at 100% effaced and 3-5 cms dilated without ever feeling anything.
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I voted 12 - 18 hours, because I definitely knew I was in early labor that morning, but it wasn't hard labor by any means. I was puttering around cleaning the house and making soup. It slowly and steadily progressed throughout the day. I was in active labor for about six hours, and intense labor for about three hours.

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