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Beauchamp's Avatar Beauchamp 04:21 PM 10-18-2010
So, are subsequent babies always bigger? Are subsequent labors usually always shorter? (I'm hoping for a "no" to the first question, and a "yes" to the last. )

liberal_chick's Avatar liberal_chick 04:41 PM 10-18-2010
IME, the answer is yes and no. Ds2 was a 30 hour labor and 9 pounds, ds3 was a 30 hour labor and 9 lbs 8 oz.

Alyantavid's Avatar Alyantavid 04:54 PM 10-18-2010
My first was 6 lbs 4 oz and the labor was 6 hours.
My second was 7 lbs 8 oz and the labor was 6 hours.

Pushing time was drastically decreased though. Like 2 hours with my first and 15 minutes with my second.
Nicole730's Avatar Nicole730 04:56 PM 10-18-2010
First: 7lbs 10oz - 11 hours labor w/2 hours pushing
Second: 8lbs 8oz - 5 hours labor w/15 minutes pushing
Juvysen's Avatar Juvysen 04:57 PM 10-18-2010
my first baby was 8lbs 9oz, my second was 8lbs 3 oz, and my third was 9 lbs 8 oz. So not always.

My first labor was 8 hrs (pit induced from nothing), second was long and plodding and slow, but not overly horribly painful or anything. My third was fast and easy (thank you hypnobabies!).
Evergreen's Avatar Evergreen 05:03 PM 10-18-2010
Mine didn't follow any kind of plan. My biggest baby was also my 1st baby, earliest gestation, and easiest labor. Go figure.
rparker's Avatar rparker 06:24 PM 10-18-2010
First: 6 hours and 7 lb. 8.5 oz.
Second: 3 hours 45 minutes 8 lb.

FWIW, the second labor was easier, had a shorter pushing phase, and less tearing despite the baby being bigger
AutumnAir's Avatar AutumnAir 07:54 PM 10-18-2010
For me, yes.

DD1 - 8lb 13oz 21 hours of hard labour
DD2 - 9lb 8oz 45 minutes of quite manageable labour

But didn't follow the pattern of second babies coming earlier, much to my chagrin! DD1 was 43+1, DD2 43+6!!
caedmyn's Avatar caedmyn 08:11 PM 10-18-2010
Both of mine weighed exactly the same at birth (7 lbs 3 oz) and my labors were exactly the same length too (7.5 hrs, both homebirths). Actually if I got to choose I'd much to prefer a labor like my spite of being the same length, my second labor was much more intense. Pushing time was less (5 min. vs. 20 min) but I had a 2nd degree tear instead of a 1st degree one like my first. I'm just odd, I know! We'll see how #3 goes, hopefully some time next week. As far as my midwives can tell he's right on track to be about the same weight as the other two.
WifeofAnt's Avatar WifeofAnt 09:12 PM 10-18-2010
I was the first baby and over a pound heavier than my brother. (8lb 6oz, 7lb 4 oz)
I don't know labor lengths though, at least not my brother's. I think his was shorter though.
GoBecGo's Avatar GoBecGo 09:19 PM 10-18-2010
Yes and yes for me:
DD1 7lbs14.5oz, about 4hrs active labour, 5mins pushing (though i spent a long time (over an hour) fighting the urge due to poor care/advice so i didn't push until crowning)
DD2 8lbs8oz, 61mins active labour, 6mins pushing (baby was at spines 6mins before she was born).

I will say though, that the extra 8.5oz was basically irrelevant given i'd already done it once before. Getting a nearly 8lb babe out of a previously unstretched vagina was harder than getting a bigger babe out of a seasoned vagina. i tore 2nd degree 1st time and only 1st degree 2nd time. Neither of them restituted (didn't turn to deliver their shoulders) so i have plenty of room, both of them seemed to near-enough shoot right out.
cappuccinosmom's Avatar cappuccinosmom 10:23 PM 10-18-2010
As a generality? No and No.

But in my case, it was yes and yes.

And the labors with the bigger babies were both shorter and better.
mum4vr's Avatar mum4vr 11:18 PM 10-18-2010

baby 1: 27 hours of labor, 4+ of pushing, 7#10 oz, a very very hard labor (15 days late, pit drip, then stopped labor due to a problem, then pit to restart, many interventions, gah!)

baby 2: 3-4 hours of labor, 20 or so min of pushing, 7#11 oz, a very very easy labor (took castor oil and OJ like the mw said! at 12 days late)

baby 3: 5-6 hours of labor, 1 or so hour of pushing, 8#4 oz, a fairly easy labor (only 3 days late, not castor oil, no pit, no interventions)
ihugtrees's Avatar ihugtrees 02:33 AM 10-19-2010

My first baby was 7 lbs, 11 oz, born at 38 + 3, 14 hour labor (all hard, with sporadic but intense contractions from the beginning) Only 19 minutes of pushing. I had a labial tear, no stitches. I will be interested to see what happens next time, since I always hear this about bigger babies & shorter labors!
amyjeans's Avatar amyjeans 02:36 AM 10-19-2010
for me- no and yes
#1 hospital 13 hrs 8lb 5oz
#2 -UC 5 hrs 10 lbs
#3 -UC 4 hrs 11 lbs
#4 -UC 2 Hrs 8 lbs
major_mama11's Avatar major_mama11 02:51 AM 10-19-2010
For most people I know, yes and yes. Although both my kiddos weighed about the same.

#1- 8.11, 48 hr+ labor
#2- 8.9, ~10 hr labor

45 min pushing for both, but still the pushing phase was sooo much easier with #2. I did not feel like I had even given birth 10 min later, perineum-wise.
MyFullHouse's Avatar MyFullHouse 10:02 AM 10-19-2010
No and no.

7lb9oz and more than 24 hours
9lb2oz and about 8 hours
8lb10oz and about 7 hours
7lb15oz and about 15 hours

The only thing I can say about my own labors is that my fastest was the only one in which there was not a single medical intervention during labor or delivery.
aurinia's Avatar aurinia 11:12 AM 10-19-2010
Not in my case, unfortunately...

#1 : 8lbs, 2oz. 8 hour labor (induced w/ Pit), went from 5 to 10cm and pushing her out in 20 minutes. It was fabulous!

#2 : 9lbs, 12oz. Two days of induced labor, although I don't necessarily count the first day because things didn't really get moving until they broke my water the morning of the 2nd day. So if you go from that point, 12 hours of 'real' labor, pushed for more than 2 hours, they did an episiotomy because they thought her shoulders would get stuck (they didn't) was not really a good experience.
Honey693's Avatar Honey693 05:17 PM 10-19-2010
In my case, yes.

DD1 - 7lbs, 7oz, 5-6 hour labor, 60 minutes of that was pushing
DD2 - 8lbs, 1 hour 40 minute labor, 5-15 of that was pushing
babyjelly's Avatar babyjelly 09:57 PM 10-19-2010
My first was a 24h labor, an hour of pushing, 6 lb 11 oz baby, at 37w0d.
My second was a two contraction labor- one at 3:30, and one at 10 when she was born. She was 5-13 at 37w1d.
My third I labored for two days, pushed five minutes (after some wierdness where I was complete and had an urge but physically couldn't), and had a 7 lb 7 oz baby at 38w4d.
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PoppyMama's Avatar PoppyMama 10:57 PM 10-19-2010
No and yes but not in a bad way. I'm only counting "hard" labor.

#1- approx 5 hours with around 45 min pushing --7#4oz (induced had epi and episiotomy, less painful labor but harder recovery)

#2- approx 5 hours with around 30 min pushing --8#4oz (induced no pain meds small tears and episiotomy, much harder labor but easy recovery)

#3- approx 5 hours with around 20 min pushing --8#15oz (natural water birth only tiny abrasions but no tears, hard labor easy recovery)
rad's Avatar rad 11:42 PM 10-19-2010
All mine were born at home. No pain meds, no tears and super easy recoveries for all.

#1- 8lbs even at 40w5d, 4 hours of labor (45 minutes of that was pushing)
#2- 8lbs 2oz at 39w3d, 3.5 hours of labor (Only took 2-3 pushes for her and my next 3 births followed the same)
#3- 7lbs 12oz at 38w4d, 1hr 45 minutes
#4- 8lbs 10oz at 39w, 2.5 hours
#5- 6lbs 4oz at 36w, 2.5 hours
Mama2Kayla's Avatar Mama2Kayla 01:56 PM 10-20-2010
For me...yes and yes
DD1~ 8lbs 1oz...11hr induction
DS~ 9lbs even....6hr labor
DD2~ 9lbs 12oz...1hr 15 min labor
It seems mine get bigger and come out quicker-LOL
sunnygir1's Avatar sunnygir1 02:09 PM 10-20-2010
For my sister and for me, the second baby was bigger. Her second labor was longer and my second was shorter.

For my mama, her second was smaller and the birth was shorter.
DreamsInDigital's Avatar DreamsInDigital 02:23 PM 10-20-2010
Not always, for either one. I thought for sure my babies would get bigger and bigger each time, and for the first few, they did. After that, they got smaller and came earlier.

DS1 was 8 lbs. 12 oz. I was in active labor for about 15 hours, including 3 hours of pushing, but he was persistently posterior.
DS2 was 9 lbs. 1 oz. I was in active labor for about 4 hours, including 20 minutes of pushing. I was induced.
DS3 was 10 lbs. 2 oz. I was in active labor for about 6 hours, including 15 minutes of pushing.
DD1 was 8 lbs. 4 oz. I was in active labor for 4 hours, including 10 minutes of good pushing, although I started too soon and pushed uselessly for almost an hour before she really started descending. That was my bad, though.
DS4 was 8 lbs. I was in active labor for 4 hours, he came out in one push.
DD2 was 7 lbs. 12 oz. I was in active labor for 6 hours, including 40 minutes of pushing. She was asynclitic.
nadia105's Avatar nadia105 08:16 PM 10-20-2010
For me, yes and no. All 3 births were unmedicated in the hospital, but that's where the similarities end!

1: 13 hours back labor including about an hour of pushing, 8lb3oz

2: 5 hours labor, virtually painfree waterbirth, no pushing needed, he flew out! 8lb5oz

3: 14 hours labor, excruciatingly painful the whole time (turned out to be a nuchal hand, so I had his elbow in my spine the whole time) maybe 30 mins pushing, 8lb11oz

We shall see what #4 brings this spring, it's anyone's guess!
wombatclay's Avatar wombatclay 08:47 PM 10-20-2010

42+ weeks
32+hrs of active labor ending in a c/s
9lbs 5oz

40 weeks
12 hours start to finish, vbac
9lbs even (but with shoulder dystocia and a 4th degree tear)

42 weeks
4.5 hours start to finish, vbac
9lbs 8oz (no SD, small 2nd degree tear along the old scar)
jellybeanandkids's Avatar jellybeanandkids 12:51 PM 10-21-2010
1st labor: 12 hours of labor (had epidural which I think slowed things down) and 1 hour of pushing. He was 7 lbs 5 oz.

2nd labor: 4 hours of labor, pushed 2 times. Natural birth, no drugs. She was 6 lbs 12 oz.
laughymama's Avatar laughymama 11:27 PM 10-21-2010
DS: Induction by Pitocin at 39 weeks (37 by MY numbers) w/ Epidural
Labored 9 hours
Pushed 4 of those 9
Low forceps delivery
7 lbs

DD: Homebirth at 43 weeks 1 day
Labored 9 hours
Pushed 10 minutes (4 or 5 pushes total)
8lbs 10oz

Lucca's (DD) birth was SO much easier. I cannot even begin to explain how easy it was compared to Cain's birth. I believe that the major (and very unnecessary) interventions with Cain are why it was so difficult.
Either way, the bigger baby was the easiest. Both kids were 21 inches long.
Catherine12's Avatar Catherine12 07:30 PM 10-22-2010
First baby: 22 hours (1.5 hours pushing), 6 lbs 9 oz. Second: 20 hours (20 minutes pushing), 8 lbs 6 oz. Third: Just over an hour (10 minutes pushing), 8 lbs 8 oz.

Also, in addition to each labor being quicker than the last, each was also less painful. I wouldn't worry too much about size. When my second was born, I was shocked at how big he was - because he didn't feel any bigger coming out than dd had! Just the opposite. And I didn't tear, either, despite tearing the first time.
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