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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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Old 09-09-2010, 10:21 PM - Thread Starter
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All these labor threads have me curious about the average time of labor. Let's count it from the time you KNEW, without a doubt, that you were in labor.

I'll make it multiple choice so you can choose for all your labors.

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Old 09-09-2010, 10:31 PM
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With my second it was about 5 hours but in retrospect I should have recognized it as labor earlier, so it was actually about 12 hours. With this last one my water had broken the day before but I wasn't contracting, and by the time the contrax started I was only in labor for an hour, I kid you not.

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Old 09-09-2010, 11:18 PM
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I think I was probably in labor about 27 hours, with DD1. I count from when my water broke, because the contractions intensified right after that. I had been contracting endless for three months, though, so it's really difficult to say exactly when true labor began.

Didn't labor with my other two...

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Old 09-09-2010, 11:23 PM
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42 long hours.
at least I wasn't in the 48 or more section!

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Old 09-09-2010, 11:31 PM
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My first I was in labor for 4 days... but I was on magnesium to slow my contractions. My second I was in labor for almost exactly 24 hours from the first "wake me up" painful contraction to the actual birth.

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Old 09-10-2010, 09:17 AM
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The first I was in labour for at least 21 hours (from the time I realised I was having fairly strong contractions about 5 minutes apart).

The second I only admitted to myself that I was in labour about 10 minutes before pushing the baby out!

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33 hours for me from water breaking (which was my first indication I was in labor) to c-section.

Though lately I have been wondering if I was in some kind of low-grade labor for several days prior to that.

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Old 09-10-2010, 01:28 PM
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Just under 5 hours for first stage - the 1st of which was pretty minor (I was vacuuming & doing laundry), then a 30 min delay while driving to the hospital (had no idea it would go that fast! Was shocked to feel the urge to push!) 45 min for 2nd stage, so I put myself in the 5-7 hours category.
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:38 PM
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First labor was 42 hours, Second labor was 3 hours and 45 min, third labor was 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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Both were 6 hours exactly. From the first contraction when I started timing them until my babies were born.
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3.5 hrs from the time my water broke till he was out.
Contractions didn't start until really close to an hour before he popped out.

I had absolutely no other signs that he was coming.

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Old 09-10-2010, 03:54 PM
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Almost two weeks of prodromal labor, 31 hrs of active labor.

ds was posterior though, I'm hoping next time for better positioning and a shorter one

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Well, it depends how you count it.

Due to a sudden BP spike and proteins, my midwives decided to do an AROM on my due date. However, I was already dilated to a 3, had been having prodromal labour for about 10 days, and DS was right on my cervix, so I do not think the AROM actually did anything my body wasn't ready to do anyway.

Hubby and I went for walk. Started having contractions while we walked, and was definitely in active labour by 10:30.

DS was born at 7:49pm after 24 minutes of pushing.

So, just over 9 hours going by the contractions. Just over 11 hours if going by when I was 'induced.'

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Old 09-10-2010, 08:40 PM
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I voted '12-18 hrs' for my first and '2-3 hrs' for my second.
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:49 PM
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First I felt the first contraction around 815pm. I remember because I was watching TV with hubby and thought "wow I wonder if thats what a contraction is". She was born at 1155am so almost 16 hours.
Second I felt the first contraction at around 530 am, she was born at 651am. So little less than an hour and a half.

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Just under 18 hours. I woke, as I always did, to pee, I think around 2am, and had some minor bloodly show, and then realized I was getting crampy (thought I had to poo ) and couldn't sleep for a while, then slept, then just easy labor all morning (showered, went for a couple short walks, watched TV which was only okay, hung out, snacked, realxed), more active in the afternoon (bath, walking, lots of sitting on the toilet b/c it felt comfy ), went to the hospital around 4, cozed up and just tried to relax and breath, sort of in a trance for a while, baby after less than an hour of pushing, by about 7:45pm.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:50 AM
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I voted 24-36 with my first. Real ctxs were intense enough to stop talking through them sometime after midnight on Sunday and he was born about 36 hours later by c/s ("failure to wait" as I had finally started pushing just before the c/s, but they didn't do anything about it ).

With my 2nd, he had his hand by his head and that slowed things down even more. I had ctxs 5min apart on Thursday evening by 7pm-ish. Labored all the way from then through Saturday night where things got serious and he was born at 12:48am Sunday.

With my 3rd, early labor started on Sunday, intensified on Wednesday night (my counting point) and he was born just shy of 24 hours after that.

Gee, I might get lucky and only have maybe 18 hours this time.

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Old 09-12-2010, 06:06 AM
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DD was 40 hours from about 4 cm to delivery.

DS was 6 hours from first contraction (which had me holding myself up on the counter) to delivery.

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Dd1 - 3 hours
Dd2 - 32 minutes from when intense contractions hit
Ds1 - 1 hour 40 minutes (slow to start due to mechanical issues related to polyhydramnios)
Ds2 - uh, there was no 'labor.' It's really hard to describe because the moment I *knew* something was *really* going on I was only a minute away from birth. I was 6 cm, 80% effaced with a swollen bleeding cervix just a few minutes before his birth. I was NOT in labor before that point. I was still on the phone with my mom relaying all the details to her (bleeding cervix). I felt fine, but I was becoming impatient. I just wanted labor to start. And boy did it. I only had onesies and twosies (contractions) that were mild before that. I never had more than five at a time. Every time I felt a few contractions I would think "maybe this is it" only to be disappointed because they never amounted to anything. No active labor pattern. I was never 'in' labor. It was very similar with dd2.

I have extremely fast labors/births, but I was between 5-7/8 cm when I started labor with all of them. With my last baby I went from 6 cm and 80% effaced with a very swollen (and bleeding) cervix to birth in less than a minute--the five contractions that immediately preceded his birth.

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Old 09-12-2010, 05:34 PM
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36 and 39 hours for the two I went into labor with. The other two were scheduled c-sections. All four ended up being c-sections, actually.

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My first was 4 hours from water breaking to birth. My contractions didn't start until about 30 minutes after my water broke.

2nd labor was 3.5 from water breaking to birth. It followed pretty much the same pattern as first.

3rd was 1.5 hrs from my water breaking to birth. My contractions started within minutes of my water breaking.

4th was 2.5 hrs from first contraction to birth. It was theonly birth that my water didn't break till the end.

5th was 2.5 hrs from water breaking to birth. Contractions started within minutes of my water broke.

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my water broke which started it, first baby, 11 hours! MW was in shock lol i did hypnobabies

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Old 09-14-2010, 09:20 PM
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I would always labor for days/weeks before really kicking into intense labor. Contracts would be as close at 2 mins apart lasting 90 seconds... for hours. But, it wasn't 'gonna have a baby' labor. 'Gonna have a baby labor' stats were like this:
1. 18.5 hours (posterior never flipped)
2. 4.5 hours
3. 90 mins
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:38 AM
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I was induced at about 9:30 am with pitocin. AROM by the OB at around 10:30. Had an epidural at around 11:00 am. He arrived vaginally at 10:06 pm. Just a little bit over 12 hours, with 1:15 minutes of pushing.

I think it helped that I was 3cm went I went in, with his head at -1. Just didn't go into labor.
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:55 AM
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wow the labour times are all over the board!

both my labours were 12 hours. they say that the second is usually shorter but I couldn't sit still with my first I needed to walk and with my second I wanted to lay in bed. I am sure the walking helped keep things moving and the laying down slowed things.
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My first baby was a 17 hour labour. He was posterior.

My second baby was a 2.5 hour labour. She was LOA.

My third baby was a 6 hour labour. He was ROA.

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~6 hours that I recognized as labor (started about noon), but looking back I felt weird from the time I woke up, so I was probably having contractions I couldn't feel all morning, so maybe ~11 hours if you count that

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I voted 18 hours. That was my first. With my second I was only in labor for 7 hours
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Old 09-18-2010, 12:08 PM
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Wow, 126 labors shorter than 12 hours, and 82 longer than 12 hours. I'm really surprised, since I thought my 27 hour labor was pretty average.

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Both of mine started with water breaking. First one, water broke, no labor, pitocin, baby about 8 hours after ROM. Second one, water broke, instant strong labor, baby out about 1.5-2 hours after ROM.

ETA: First baby was posterior and came out sunny side up after 30 min pushing. Second baby was LOA and came out after literally two contractions pushing, maybe about 2-3 minutes.

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